Regional secretaries for Safa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The South African Football Association plans to employ full-time administrators in all nine provinces to facilitate and coordinate all their competitions.

In the same breath, Safa will be opening up nine fully equipped offices in all the provinces where the provincial secretaries will operate from.

The decision to employ full-time secretaries was taken at the Safa national executive committee meeting at Safa House in Nasrec on Friday.

Molefi Oliphant, Safa president, said: "We decided to employ full-time secretaries in all the provinces to coordinate competitions in a more efficient way.

"They will also deal with the provincial governments. It creates problems when three or four regions in one province approach their MEC for assistance.

"What we are saying is that all the Safa regions in one province must speak with one voice. They must consolidate all their needs before approaching the MEC for help."

At the meeting, it was also resolved that only nine provincial winners of the Vodacom League will participate in the national playoffs.

Safa has decided to appoint a committee to finalise the media policy document drafted by communications director Morio Sanyane, after executive members also made some inputs.

Irvin Khoza, Safa deputy president, is the convenor of the committee. Members are Danny Jordaan, Lesole Gadinabokao and Mato Madlala.

Safa has also appointed Obakeng Molatedi to oversee the preparations for Lesotho's 2010 World Cup qualifier against Ghana at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium in May.

Lesotho play their qualifying matches as Setsoto Stadium but it is being upgraded for the World Cup. The country hopes to lure one of the participating teams to use the facility for training.