Safa Soweto full of hope

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Safa Soweto hopes tomorrow's yearly general meeting of the mother body will finally grant them their wish for a regional status.

The matter is also expected to be discussed at Safa's national executive committee meeting in preparation for the AGM.

Safa Soweto, under the leadership of Phil "Chippa" Mogodi, wrote to Safa last year requesting recognition as a region.

Their argument is that they have more that 400 clubs. Presently, Safa Soweto falls under Safa Johannesburg led by Joe Makhongoza.

"Our argument is that it is also too costly for our clubs, considering that most of them use money meant to feed their families to run their activities," said Mogodi.

"We made a presentation to a task team appointed by the mother body where we explained to them that more clubs will fold if we do not get the status.

"Being granted the status will also mean Soweto clubs will not have to travel long distances to honour matches.

"The other problem that we have is that our clubs have to spend three or four years before they could play in the SA Regional League and other related structures."

The task team, which also included Sam Msimang as convenor, comprised of Bongi Hlophe, Aubrey Bartman and Nakedi Lekota.

A report submitted by the task team will be tabled at today's meeting.

Attempts to get comment from Molefi Oliphant were unsuccessful as he was reported to be in a meeting.

Issues to be discussed at the AGM include constitutional amendments and financial matters.

Also likely to be discussed is the appalling performance of the national teams.

Meanwhile, Amajita are in Maseru for an international friendly against Lesotho Under-20 national team at Setsoto Stadium today