Amateur soccer scores from World Cup
As one of the legacies of the 2010 World Cup, the Nelson Mandela Bay region of Safa is embarking on a major overhaul of amateur soccer.
"The starting point is that we have formed a partnership with the Nelson Mandela University to run a series of courses for our 10 local football associations," said Pakamile Daca, regional secretary.
"It will be an all-inclusive process. We are going to bring the referees on board because we want our amateur soccer to be run in a more professional way to attract big business.
"As part of our negotiations with the university, we want them to run courses relating to event management, doing business plans, negotiating for sponsorship, marketing and handling finances.
"At this stage we are looking for money to finance the project. We are hoping that a Good Samaritan out there will come to our rescue," said Daca, adding that the region has 320 registered clubs.
Daca said plans were in place to help local football associations to have their own offices with a computer with internet access. He said it will help their executive committees to keep data of all registered players and match officials.
"As part of our legacy project, we are also planning to improve the training and playing fields. Most of our grounds are not in the best condition," he said.
Daca also announced that his region will launch the Soccer Explosion, a new development tournament, on July 15 to encourage mass participation in the sport in the municipality.
"The aim of the initiative is to ensure that our youth have access to the sport. We will start by giving each youngster a soccer ball. The next phase will be to get playing equipment for them.
"It is a big project where we are going to need the support of all stakeholders. Playing regularly and competitive soccer will help us a lot in efforts to revolutionise the sport in Nelson Mandela Bay," said Daca.
"Our vision is to see more youngsters coming through our development ranks to play for Majimbos, Amajita, the Under-23 national team, Banyana Banyana, Basetsana and Bafana Bafana.
"It is good that the World Cup is coming to our shores in 2010, we have to grab the opportunities coming with it to promote our soccer and take it to greater heights."