SAFA cracks down on in-fighting

south_african_footballThe South African Football Association (Safa) at the weekend confirmed its position that, contrary to media reports, it was fully focused on delivering a successful FIFA World Cup.


It said it had just appointed new members to the Organising Committee Board of Directors as a clear indication of its joint commitment with government, the labour movement and the private sector.

The organisation expressed concern about recent news articles of attempts to remove the elected leadership before the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June 2010. These were said to be masterminded by Premiers Soccer league boss Irvin Khoza, who failed in his bid to ascend to the Safa presidency last year.

We note our concern regarding the inflammatory public comments by the purported spokesperson for Dr Khoza, speaking on his behalf on this matter. We express our satisfaction that Dr Khoza has acknowledged that the individual concerned was expressing his personal views on this matter and we call upon him to stop misleading the public. Notwithstanding these media reports, we reaffirm our commitment to the development of grassroots football as we have been mandated to do by our Members. We therefore call upon all SAFA Members to continue to maintain unity in our structures and we pledge our continued commitment to bringing the entire football family in South Africa together for the sake of the child, Safa said in a statement.

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