Former Supersport International Holdings chief executive officer (CEO), Happy Ntshingila, is among the five candidates who have been shortlisted to take over the Safa CEO post on permanent basis.
Others are the current acting CEO Tebogo Motlanthe, Safa national executive members Mxolisi Sibam and Mzwandile Maforvane, as well as former Banyana Banyana player Lydia Monyepao.
This was revealed at the federation’s national executive (NEC) meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Safa has not had a permanent accounting officer since Dennis Mumble’s contract was not renewed in September 2018.
Since then three men have occupied the position on interim basis, with Motlanthe the most recent appointment.
The budding advocate was seconded to the position in May, a month after his predecessor Gay Mokoena resigned on April 15.
Mokoena had replaced another acting CEO, Russell Paul, who taken up a tournament director’s role with the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November last year.
Meanwhile, Ntshingila comes in with impressive credentials for the CEO’s role. The renowned advertising guru was key to the discussions of the then landmark R500 million sponsorship the PSL signed with banking firm Absa over a decade ago.
Monyepao is currently the deputy director in the department of support services and finance at the University of Pretoria. The former Banyana team manager holds a master’s degree in sport management and the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in accounting among her qualifications.
Sibam is an associate member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and he is the chairperson of the audit and risk committee at Safa.
Maforvane is currently the acting general manager of football business, while he also chairs the Safa media, commercial, marketing and television advisory committee.
According to Motlanthe, the quintet will face an independent panel for interviews soon.
in terms of the timelines, he said the successful candidate should be known “by beginning of December”.
Should any of the NEC members make it, they will have to relinquish the executives roles to avoid conflict of interest.
As for how he rates his own chances as the person currently holding forth, Motlanthe said: “I have learnt a lot and of course one took challenges and you grow under challenges. It continues to be a very nice experience. Where there are challenges and you resolve then your strive."
"And the fact that it’s a new territory you learn a lot of things and becomes more exciting on a daily basis. You wake up not knowing what to expect. I was in the legal department and I knew almost what I will wake up to every day. So here, its different things it keeps you going.”
He said the delivery of the PSL bio-bubble remains a highlight despite Safa and the league having had clashes over the return of football in the midst of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.