Top Safa managers axed

2010-05-11 09:55

The South African Football Association (Safa) said yesterday it has

suspended its team manager and commercial director just a month before the 2010

Fifa World Cup.

Safa issued a statement saying Bafana Bafana team manager Sipho

Nkumane and the association’s commercial director Victor Nosi were suspended

pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings.

Safa said: “It must be emphasised that at this stage it is only

allegations that have been levelled against Nkumane and Nosi and any decisions

as to whether these allegations are true or not will be left to external

independent parties to determine.”

The football body did not give any details of the allegations

against Nkumane and Nosi: “This is an internal process and no further

information regarding this internal process will be furnished.”

Safa said long-time football administrator Dennis Mumble had taken

over as acting team manager.

Although the suspensions do not have any direct impact on tactics

under coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, the timing will hurt the South African team

with just a month before the host kicks off the 2010 Fifa World Cup against

Mexico on June 11.

South Africa’s squad is currently in its final World Cup training

camp in Johannesburg and held a work-out on Monday morning.

The team begins its last round of friendly games against Thailand

on Sunday in the northern city of Nelspruit.

South Africa is also scheduled to play Bulgaria on May 24, Colombia

on May 27 and Denmark on June 5.

The host nation, which is the lowest ranked team to host a World

Cup, is desperate to prove it can compete with the best teams in the world, and

has held training camps in Brazil and Germany to prepare for its biggest test in

international football.

South Africa plays Mexico, Uruguay and France in Group A at the

2010 World Cup.


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