Fikile Mbalula tells Safa to speed up private and Model C school soccer drive

2016-04-27 06:00
PHOTO:backpages pix Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula during Safa and Fifa press conference at Safa House in Johannesburg last year.

PHOTO:backpages pix Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula during Safa and Fifa press conference at Safa House in Johannesburg last year.

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SPORTS minister Fikile Mbalula has criticised Safa’s inefficiency in their drive to introduce soccer as an official sport at former Model C schools.

Private and former Model C schools traditionally offer cricket as the main summer sport and rugby or hockey as winter sports.

Mbalula, speaking during the release of the Eminent Persons Group on Transformation in Sport report in Pretoria on Monday, has criticised Safa for making slow progress in this area.

“In respect of the South African Football Association, I am delighted that Safa has met its transformation targets,” he said.

“I will, however, issue a Ministerial directive to Safa as a consequence of their poor drive to penetrate and roll out football in former Model C schools and private schools.”

Mbalula said that owing to the injustices of the country’s history, it is immediately necessary for sport to transform for both moral and strategic imperatives.

The sports minister pointed to the statistics that indicate that 84% of the country’s school-going population was black African and only 16% white, coloured and Indian.

Mbalula also suspended the privileges of SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa and Athletics SA from bidding for international tournaments for failing to reach their transformation targets.

“I will review this decision when considering the results of the 2016/2017 Transformation Barometer,” he said. –


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