Safa to break bank for Bafana
We will not compromise on the national team, said Nematandani.
THE cash-strapped South African Football Association insists it will not skimp on Bafana Bafana preparations ahead of the hosting of next year's Africa Cup of Nations, even if costs are cut everywhere else.
Safa president Kirsten Nematandani says all required resources will be made available to new coach Gordon Igesund to ensure his squad is properly prepared for next January's tournament.
"We will not compromise on the national team," said Nematandani as more details emerged in recent days of continuing cuts at the top-heavy organisation.
Safa is slashing staff, has cut its committees and has told creditors to wait for their money as they seek to balance their books. They have employed outside auditors to take control of their finances.
But Nematandani says Igesund will have whatever he needs to ensure the country makes a strong challenge for Afcon honours.
"The national team is our main source of revenue and we have sponsors who have invested in them. The preparations will go on as planned. The challenges are not money but time, because there is the clash with the clubs over the availability of the players. In terms of the finances of the national team all the programmes will run according to plan," he said.
" It is out of the national team that the (Safa) brand is built and positive images are built. That is where the corporate world makes a decision on whether to sponsor your activities. Even the country's mood depends on how the national team is doing."
Nematandani admitted Safa had overspent in the wake of the World Cup without heeding the fact that income had been drastically reduced after the 2010 fiesta.
"We did not adjust our own spending accordingly. We are very confident we'll turn the corner," he said.