Cape wants top-notch facilities

EXCITED: Vernon Seymour. 29/09/04. © Sowetan.
EXCITED: Vernon Seymour. 29/09/04. © Sowetan.

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The South African Football Association in Western Cape plans to meet different munici-palities to discuss the creation of facilities in the area.

"Creating superb training and playing facilities is one of the 2010 World Cup legacy projects for us," said Vernon Seymour, Safa chief in the province.

"We won't be able to succeed in getting proper facilities for our people if we do not work hand in glove with the municipalities.

"It is a known fact that areas such as Langa, Guguletu, Nyanga, Mitchell's Plain and the Cape Flats have produced some of the best players in South Africa."

Benni McCarthy, Thando Mngomeni, Mkhanyiseli Siwahla, Terror Fanteni and Shaun Bartlett are some of the players to emerge from the various Western Cape townships.

Seymour said Safa in Western Cape will also be teaming up with the tertiary institutions in the province to help train administrative staff.

The institutions include the University of Cape Town, the University of Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

"We want to have everybody involved in soccer administration on board, be it referees, coaches and league coordinators. As Safa, we are going to push for the various municipalities to make available R100000 for the project to train our administrators," Seymour said.

He said they were discussing various soccer projects with the provincial government.

"We would like to see our government taking an approach similar to the [proactive] one adopted by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government.

"There is no doubt that the residents of Western Cape have a passion for soccer. The MEC of sports, Whitey Jacobs, agrees with us that we need international games. We have made a bid to Safa to host the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zambia."