Legends back in spotlight

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The South African Football Association has roped in the 70s/80s Legends into the newly established Legacy Committee in an attempt to have former professionals benefiting from the coming World Cup finals.

The legendary Nkosi "Let Them Dance" Molala and former Banyana Banyana coach Gregory Mashilo are serving on the committee. Molala and Mashilo said they were excited to be contributing to the development of the sport in the country.

They attended the committee meeting at a leading hotel in Kempton Park on Saturday.

"It is true that we have the soccer legends serving on the committee, we are very excited to have them on board," said Kirsten Nematandani, committee chairman.

The Legacy Committee was established by the Safa national executive committee to identifyprojects that will help develop the sport. They include building new facilities and upgrading existing ones, and conducting coaching, administration and referees courses in all 52 Safa regions.

"We are looking at the benefits and opportunities that soccer will enjoy beyond 2010," said Nematandani. "The main objective of the committee is to develop a football-focused legacy plan for Safa."

Other members of the committee are the nine provincial representatives serving on the Safa national executive structure.

They are Nakedi Lekota (Limpopo), Simon Sebapu (Gauteng), Eric Mtshatsha (KwaZulu- Natal), Vernor Seymour (Western Cape), Motebang Mosese (Free State), Sam Masitenyane (North West), Sam Msimango (Mpumalanga), Jan Koopman (Northern Cape) and Eddie du Plooy (Eastern Cape).