Safa appoint new technical director

2002-10-31 20:32

Johannesburg - The South African Football Association on Thursday named Brazilian Professor Marcos Falopa as their new technical director.

Falopa takes up his new duties on Friday and his contract runs until 2006. His appointment was announced by Safa's chief operations officer Albert Mokoena who said Safa pledged their full support for Falopa.

"He comes highly recommended and we believe that we have signed on a man that will play a big role in helping develop the country's soccer talent at all levels."

Falopa said he was keen to get started but in no way would his appointment conflict with the duties of Bafana Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba as Mokoena explained: "The new technical director will be on hand to assist the national head coach in any way. But Falopa will not have any say in team selections."

Falopa has an impressive CV. He has worked in Brazil, Japan the Middle East and extensively in north, central and south America. He was recommended by the president of the Confederation of north, central and Caribbean Football Associations (Concacaf), Jack Warner.

Falopa was Concacaf technical director from 1995 until taking up the same position with Safa.

"Falopa has a wealth of knowledge and this is a momentous moment for South African soccer," enthused Mokoena.

The new technical director is mandated to improve the sport at all levels from grassroots up to Bafana: "I have been impressed by South African soccer which I watched at the World Cup finals in 1998 and 2002. I like the style and passion of the players. I know I can make a big contribution to the game in this country. But I will be taking it step by step. I will not change much but will learn to adapt and use my knowledge to try and improve the standard of coaching and playing from junior soccer to national team level," said Falopa.

Falopa is a qualified adviser and coaching instructor accredited to the world controlling body Fifa. He holds a bachelor's degree in sport and Physical Education and a Masters degree in football.

"I am impressed by the fact that South Africa has 52 players playing abroad. That shows the potential this country has to become a power in world football. But it will not just be at national level where I will be working. I will assist with clubs both professional and amateur. I will also be coaching the coaches and assisting in raising the standard of the game by passing on the latest coaching methods that I have learnt from Fifa," said roof Falopa.

The new Safa director is expected to meet shortly with Mashaba and his technical team to plan the way forward for South African soccer.