Ace Ncobo labelled a 'clown' by Dennis Mumble as Safa hits back

Dennis Mumble SAFA CEO
Ncobo has arranged a national football conference on May 12 under the theme 'Reshaping the Future of South African Football'

The South African Football Association (Safa) chief executive officer Dennis Mumble has hit back at former PSL referee Andile 'Ace' Ncobo. 

Ncobo, who is a former Premier Soccer League (PSL) general manager, has alleged that Safa does not have an auditor and that the organisation is also struggling to keep their current sponsors among other things.

Speaking to TimesLive, Mumble dismissed Ncobo’s claims and labelled him a clown.

“Why are you guys giving this guy so much airtime? He is a clown and cannot be taken seriously. He has made countless allegations against Safa over the past few months, but he is yet to prove anything," Mumble said.

Ncobo recently stated that he was confident that Danny Jordaan will no longer be president of Safa after May 31.

The retired referee also disclosed that he has written to the Minister of Sport and Recreation (Thokozile Xasa) asking for a forensic investigation into the financial affairs of Safa. 

“As we sit here‚ we have an association that is in breach of the companies act because no registered entity is supposed to spend a single day without an auditing firm. KPMG terminated its contract with Safa‚ the Legacy Trust and the Development Agency on the 3rd of March," Ncobo said.

"Those entities are operating illegally and nobody talks about it. We have written to the Minister of Sport to request that there must be a forensic investigation into financial affairs of Safa. We have also written to Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, who was appointed by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants to investigate the conduct of KPMG," he explained.

Furthermore, Ncobo said he has written to Fifa over his concerns about Safa, and the world football's governing body has agreed to convene an emergency meeting on the matter.

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“The electoral code that Safa is using is a standard code that is used by about 211 members of Fifa and their decision to try and legalise the violations will put us on a collision course with Fifa and we could be suspended from international football," he added.

“If you look at the value of sponsorships that Safa is attracting and you compare that with a number and value of sponsors that the PSL is attracting‚ is a skewed arrangement. You have the PSL who averages about 1200 participants against an organisation that has over 3 million participants and yet Safa struggles to reach even 10% of the sponsorship value of their special member," Ncobo said.  

"Currently Safa is not able to give any return on investment to sponsors and there is something wrong with that picture," he concluded.