While the South Africa national men’s team may be struggling on the field, off the field the South African Football Associations (Safa) which governs football nationally seems to find themselves in a similar predicament, according to reports.
Reports in City Press on Sunday, revealed that South African football’s mother body are under pressure financially due to mounting lawsuits which have allegedly put many of its’ regions on the verge of closure.
Safa’s finances has reportedly been thrown into disarray as the sheriff was allegedly at their Johannesburg headquarters with an attach-and-remove order on behalf of former CEO Leslie Sedibe, who was recently awarded a court order to recover legal costs.
Sedibe has been fighting tooth and nail to clear his name of any wrong doing after he was banned for allegedly having a hand in match fixing and was most recently granted an attachment order for all Fifa’s trademarks in the country.
Nonetheless, it has since been revealed that Safa were handed a reprieve.
“The deal made was that the money owed would be paid over to the lawyer by [last week] Friday, failing which the sheriff will be back on Monday [tomorrow] to attach and remove Safa assets,” a source told the City Press.
Meanwhile, Safa spokesman Dominic Chimhavi did not deny that there were issues plaguing the organisation but downplayed their alleged financial struggles as mere cash flow problems.
“This is a cash flow problem. Broadcasting is our biggest sponsor. The problem is that the SABC is going through financial problems ... It has a ripple effect on everyone,” he explained to the publication.
However, Chimhavi has confirmed that Safa will appeal Sedibe’s ruling as well as a court judgment which was handed in favour of travel agency Fli-Afrika.
According to reports, Safa owe the travel agent over R30 million for monies lost during the 2010 Fifa World Cup for travel packages which were prepared for the football body.
“We have appealed the [Fli-Afrika] decision because we are in the right. We have filed papers to that effect,” he added.