As Safa heads into its elective congress on Saturday, we hope that the delegates will vote with their heads and consciences, and not their emotions.
If the game is to be given a shot in the arm, the status quo simply has to be disrupted.
Thanks to the ineptitude of the current administration, South African football has become a laughing stock.
The key that will open the door to a new future for local football is in the hands of those who have been delegated to cast their votes on June 25.
As things stand in terms of the administration of football in South Africa, there has not even been the lamest attempt to do things correctly or follow international best practice. Innovation has also been out of the question.
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All the current leadership is good at is shifting the goalposts, as was the case with Vision 2022.
Where other sporting codes are making strides, football is lagging behind.
Just yesterday, two South African rugby clubs – the Bulls and the Stormers – contested the final of the United Rugby Championship. Meanwhile, national football teams have dismally failed to live up to expectations, underscored by Bafana Bafana’s absence from the Afcon in Cameroon.
Bafana’s performance against Morocco in the 2023 Afcon qualifier last week was another reminder that change is needed at Safa.
Football is not about boardroom politics, but about what happens on the field. Players and clubs cannot perform if the body entrusted with leading the sport to success is itself in a shambolic state.
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Because Safa is a public organisation, it is the democratic right of every football-loving South African to declare to those who currently run the show: “You have run your race; you tried your best, but your best was not good enough. Now it is time to bow out.”