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Safa owes second division millions

By Sello Rabothata | May 20, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 5 ]

THE South African Football Association (Safa) allegedly owes second division clubs close to R5-million for the 2012-2013 season.

Though it has been at pains to tell all and sundry that it is in a healthy financial position, the association owes all 144 second division clubs R30000 each and two sets of playing kit each.

The second division, which was sponsored by Vodacom until the 2011-12 season, has 16-team leagues in all nine provinces and is currently being bankrolled by the mother body.

Three sources, Sinky "Twalaza" Mnisi of Vardos FC, Mighty Tjale of Mighty FC and FC Buffalo's Rodney Mashaya, told Sowetan they were now at their wits end after trying countless times to communicate with Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble to resolve the impasse.

The clubs say they were supposed to be paid R15000 each at the end of the first round and the same amount at the end of the season.

They were also supposed to be given two sets of playing kit at the beginning of the fixtures, which most have not received to date. The total amount owed to clubs is R4320000 plus the home and away kit.

Most clubs in this division have no sponsors and are run from the owners pockets, which many feel will lead to the demise of the league.

Safa spokesman Dominic Chimhavi yesterday acknowledged the clubs have not been paid as yet.

He said: "The association is busy negotiating with a sponsor and we are on the verge of concluding one (sponsorship deal), hopefully soon.

"We also could not issue out the playing kit because it would have disadvantaged the sponsor whose logo should be displayed on the jerseys for marketing purposes."

A fuming Mnisi said: "This has really disturbed us as teams because while it may not seem like a lot of money, it does help a lot towards preparing for matches. We have tried everything, sent letters, e-mails and made phone calls, to no avail. They do not respond or bother to explain why there is a delay. How are they going to finance the looming play-offs where they have to pay for accommodation, food, transport and the grounds?"

Tjale, who is chairman of the board of governors for the Limpopo stream, said they have had numerous meetings with Mumble, but nothing has come of it.

"We had two big companies who wanted to sponsor our league and we needed to get permission from Safa. There was big money involved but we did not get any feedback from the association. In fact, there has been no response to all our correspondence," said Tjale.

This after Safa head honchos were summoned to parliament where they assured everyone that the association was in a healthy financial position on and was not bankrupt, despite reports to the contrary.

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SAFA MUST JUST SWALLOW THIER PRIDE AND CALL DR KHOZA N MOTAUNG TO THE RESCUE THIS GUYS CAN MAKE SAFA LOOK LIKE A WORLD CLASS ORGANISATION IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME

May 20, 2013 8:58 | 0 replies

There are serious problems at SAFA - this need to be looked at

May 20, 2013 9:12 | 0 replies

Wow two of the most corrupt officials in football complaining you know why, they ve spend to much buying referees, Might FC wins games through officials and any club onwer who want promotions need to be associated to this guy, his team s always in position 7. 8 and 9 and as for Sinky Vardos win games win penalties and Linesman marking the opposition by offsides, Vardos going to the play offs for the 3rd/4th time but not winning one or promising to get promotions to NFD

May 20, 2013 2:30 | 0 replies

Tired of hearing about 1 people all the time when things are not okay in soccer that is khoza and motaung you want to tell us that we dont have people who can ran safa beside this guys if is like that then we need to close the shop and call it a day. Safa must just wake up and smell the coffee if they fail elect other people who are not assosiated with any of the PSL teams.

May 20, 2013 4:46 | 0 replies

There's no money awu these guys

May 21, 2013 4:17 | 0 replies