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Tebogo Motlanthe confirmed as SAFA's permanent CEO

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SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe during a press conference at SAFA House in Johannesburg on 22 January 2021.
SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe during a press conference at SAFA House in Johannesburg on 22 January 2021.
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  • Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe has been appointed as the South African Football Association's full-time CEO.
  • He was acting in the position since May last year after his predecessor Gay Mokoena was relieved of his duties by SAFA president Danny Jordaan.
  • Motlanthe has been appointed on a five-year contract.

Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe was on Friday confirmed as the South African Football Association's (SAFA) permanent chief executive officer.

Motlanthe, who was SAFA's legal officer, replaced Gay Mokoena as acting CEO in May last year after Mokoena was relieved of his duties in April last year.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan said the decision to appoint Motlanthe was a unanimous decision from the organisation's national executive committee (NEC) in a meeting that was held on Thursday.

Motlanthe has been appointed for five years starting from 22 January, an appointment that Jordaan said will be to the benefit of the organisation.

"Ninety percent of the NEC members, including members of the National Soccer League who serve on the NEC voted on the decision and it was a unanimous one to appoint Tebogo Motlanthe. His immediate task is to continue the financial strengthening of SAFA that in spite of the difficult circumstances, our national teams can still compete," Jordaan said.

Motlanthe, who has been with SAFA since 2011, said he was honoured to be appointed to the position, but having acted in the position for just under a year, has to get the ball rolling with Bafana Bafana's preparations for the 2021 Afcon qualifiers against Ghana at home and Sudan away.

Those matches will take place in March at venues that Motlanthe said would be announced in due course.

Bafana Bafana are second in Group C behind Ghana on goal difference with the sides on nine points each with three wins from four games.

South Africa won their most recent qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe 2-0 and 4-2 in Durban and Port Elizabeth respectively in November last year.

"The confidence shown in me will not in any be betrayed or go against. One commits to deliver on deliverables with regards to what the NEC has mandated. It is important that the national teams start performing and we've started planning for the Bafana Bafana matches against Ghana and Sudan," Motlanthe said.

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