Ambitious plan for Sedibeng

Safa's Sedibeng region will use the 2010 World Cup to improve the level of soccer in the area and create more awareness of related opportunities among the business community.

Safa's Sedibeng region will use the 2010 World Cup to improve the level of soccer in the area and create more awareness of related opportunities among the business community.

As a result, they are establishing the Sedibeng Football Foundation (SFF) to run activities relating to the tournament.

In terms of the proposal, the foundation will have a board of directors and four strategic business units. They are the 2010 World Cup unit, football academy, commercial unit and a professional side playing home games in the area.

Zac Ndweni, the Safa Sedibeng regional secretary, said the role of the foundation will determine their direction and objectives.

"They will also develop business plans, design structures, work roles and supporting systems."

Ndweni said one of their immediate challenges was to set up a development league in the area and revive school sport.

"We also need an aggressive marketing strategy that will also promote our activities. We'll forge closer links with learning institutions and local authorities. The plan is to get some of the experts, including those not within our structures, to come on board. It will be an all-inclusive structure.

"That will include utilising staff from Safa head office who are from our region."

Ndweni said the proposed academy will have an operations manager, technical committee, and various age group coaches.

Elaborating on plans to have a professional club, Ndweni said: "There are too many clubs in Johannesburg and surrounding areas.

"For us that will also be one of the legacy projects of the World Cup - there must be professional soccer here post the 2010 World Cup."

Top current soccer administrators and coaches from the Vaal include Molefi Oliphant, Selokela Masetle, Sipho Nkumane, Conti Kubheka and August Makalakalane.

l Oliphant will be a guest speaker at the Sowetan Extra Time session in Johannesburg on Friday night to speak on the 2010 World Cup and related matters.

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