Fifa pay-out will help to develop football in PMB

2010-08-10 00:00

THE Maritzburg and District Football Association (MDFA) is looking forward to receiving a substantial cash injection, says its chairperson, Mervin Whiteman.

The MDFA is affiliated with the South African Football Association (Safa) and accommodates footballers from under-sixes to over-35s, organising structured leagues and fixtures for footballers in the city to join.

Whiteman says Safa is waiting to receive a R1 billion pay-out from Fifa as compensation for its organisation of the 2010 World Cup.

When Safa receives this money, local football organisations around the country, including the MDFA, are set to be given a financial boost to further develop the sport.

“We’ll only know how much we get once the money goes through to Safa in two months or so,” says Whiteman.

“We are one of the oldest associations in the country and we will certainly receive something.”

Whiteman said a financial injection could go a long way to improving the standard of football in Pietermaritzburg .

“I think firstly we will need to sort out the problematic issue of ground maintenance,” he says.

“We use municipal grounds, and with the municipality’s current situation we have been forced to mark and maintain the fields that we use.”

There are also plans to focus on youth development in the city, with an initiative being mapped out that will see an MDFA youth side travel to Germany and be hosted by members of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich Football Club.

Whiteman says this is a three-year plan that he and the MDFA are working hard at making a reality.

The former Maritzburg United defender, who has been chairperson of the MDFA for four years, said he believes the focus of the development initiatve should beto ensure that quality young footballers emerge in Pietermaritzburg and the midlands.


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