Southern African football optimistic of future

A three-day Fifa seminar was held in Sandton, ending on Friday 4 April, where leaders of Safa and Cosafa hailed their vision for the future of African soccer development
Confederation of African Football (Caf) Vice-President and Cosafa President, Suketu Patel spoke to 28 Caf Presidents, Secretary Generals and Technical Directors at the Fifa seminar.

“This was a ground-breaking workshop as it brought together the political, administration and technical aspects of the game in one room. There was enormous networking and plotting the way forward for African football," Patel told the media, as reported by Safa.

“I would like to thank the South African Football Association (Safa) for hosting such a watershed seminar. As the most resourced country on the continent, I think South Africa is really playing its part in growing the game of football on the continent.

Safa President Dr Danny Jordaan has already spoken about his vision for moving South African football ahead, and at the seminar he spoke about some of his ideas to make this work.

“There are a lot of issues which were deliberated here; issues such as reforms within football and we will take these matters to the Fifa Congress in Brazil.

“We also touched on the need for Africa to have highly qualified Technical Directors as these are individuals who chart the way forward in terms of football development. He/she is the one who crafts the playing philosophy for respective national teams,” said Jordaan.