New elected South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan hits out at previous regimes of soccer administration in the country
“For a long time we have been fooling ourselves, thinking that we can compete at World Cup level, yet we are failing at junior level. We pretend to be what we are not and that needs to stop now,” said Jordaan.
A new International Football Soccer Centre that costs R70 million is touted as one solution to a brighter future for young talent.
“I am a very impatient person when it comes to failure and mediocrity. I cannot stand that and that needs to end now. Safa wasted about R15 million last year in court cases instead of utilizing those funds to the development of football in this country.
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“Today is the death of failure and mediocrity in this country in terms of football. I mean other sporting codes such as cricket and rugby in KZN have their headquarters and it is only Safa where you find meetings being held behind the back of a car boot of an official,” said Jordaan.
South African Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula reminded us that Safa needs to walk the talk.
“Unfortunately, the reality is that most people have not been walking the talk and that needs to change. I am happy that we have a president that now understands football, and I am hoping that he will lead the country in the right direction."
The Minister added that Safa cannot succeed without proper vision.
“It’s time we see change in football. Safa needs a vision that will take them to the next level. As the Government we are prepared to assist, but, hey, that is only if I am still in this position as you can never be comfortable in these positions,” he said.
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