Safa to overhaul SA football

2014-02-05 00:00

THE South African Football Associations’ (Safa) plan to completely overhaul football in the country is now underway following the completion of a three-day long National Executive Committee meeting.

The meeting was arranged by Safa following Bafana Bafana’s most recent failure at the African Nations Championship, where they failed to get out of the group stages.

The key areas that were identified for immediate attention were the following:

• An increased emphasis on the development of youth teams and women’s football.

• The reintroduction of inter-provincial tournaments for men and women.

• Tightening of lower league regulations to improve standards.

• The creation of football academies in all nine provinces.

• A major training programme for scouts and coaches to enhance their abilities to improve talent identification across the country.

• A greater emphasis on scientific research to improve player performance.

• The strengthening of club licensing system to ensure proper governance and to promote development within the club itself.

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