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

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Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile will hold a two-day indaba with officials from the troubled South African Football Association to iron out problems in the build-up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The announcement comes in the wake of the debacle over the failure of the association (Safa) to submit on time an application for a work permit for Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.

And it has been discovered that when Safa did get around to making the application, it did not provide all the documentation the Home Affairs Department requires to consider issuing a permit.

Last week Parreira was told he could not work in South Africa until he had been given a work permit.

The matter was sorted out on Monday, thanks to the personal intervention of the the minister of home affairs, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

Deputy Sports Minister Gert Oosthuizen announced the indaba at press briefing in parliament yesterday.

Grilled by journalists about Safa's problems, and asked if the sports ministry would intervene, Oosthuizen said the soccer governing body was autonomous.

"Safa is an independent federation. They employed a national coach, they went through a process to deliver Bafana Bafana and to deliver them for 2010.

"Now the 2010 Fifa World Cup is being organised by a local organising committee of which they [Safa] form only part.

"We recognise the total independence of our [sports] federations.

"However, we have had discussions with them on the way forward, on what we think should be done.

"To say that the government is spending billions and that we are not taking note of what is happening with the coach is not correct."


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