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Hack should get his head out of clouds

By unknown | Feb 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Raymond Hack, the chief executive of the South African Football Association, just doesn't get it. Hey?

Raymond Hack, the chief executive of the South African Football Association, just doesn't get it. Hey?

It's perhaps not surprising that the seriousness of the furore over Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Parreira's work permit has seemingly escaped Hack.

"What's the big fuss?" - that's been Hack's unacceptable attitude so far.

This despite the fact that Friday's report in Sowetan exposed Safa's bungling: it submitted Parreira's application for a work permit late, leaving the coach to work in this country illegally.

Strange that Hack and those who support him can't see what's wrong with signing up a foreign coach and not submitting the application for his work permit until six months later.

More seriously, when the application was sent off the coach was already in South Africa and conducting his preliminary camp with the players. The law is very clear about foreigners working here without a work permit, and even clearer about when the strict conditions attached to such matters might be waived.

If Hack thinks the fuss is "making a mountain out of a molehill" the Department of Home Affairs can be counted on to correct him.

If it was only a fuss about nothing, why is the department taking the matter so seriously that it wants to lay a charge against Safa?

Nogal, submitting an incomplete application to the department on behalf of the coach, as happened in this case, hardly mitigates the mess.

The reason we've have had an unending series of bungles involving Safa in recent years is because there is generally a lack of a culture of accountability at the organisation.

Asking someone to take responsibility at Safa for what we think is an embarrassing affair would obviously be akin to looking for a needle in a haystack.

Is professionalism too much to ask of Safa?

We dare the association to be proactive and take action against those responsible for the blundering.


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