safa dealt a blow

Morio Sanyane

Morio Sanyane

The South African Football Association (Safa) has lost a leader in Moss Sibilanga.

In fact, death has taken one of the finest football administrators in the country.

Bra Moss, as he was affectionately known to colleagues and friends, was a global player in football administration.

He participated in and administrated a series of projects and programmes under the auspices of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and Fifa.

A strategist and facilitator, Sibilanga joined Safa in 1994 to head the development trust, which resulted in the establishment of the Safa Klipspruit Development Centre in Soweto.

He was also instrumental in the development of the South African Football Youth Policy.

When Sibilanga finally succumbed to his long illness, it wasn't without a fight. At the time of his death he was head of the provincial affairs department.

He recently worked on a presidential project commissioned by the national executive committee of Safa. The project's objective is to help the association to refine its strategic intent, with the aim of changing the administrative and technical landscape in the regions.

Safa president Molefi Oliphant paid tribute to Sibilanga this week: "Moss was passionate about development and issues of governance.

"He passed on just after submitting the report he was tasked to compile after engaging the 52 regions of Safa on a fact-finding mission.

"His report will be tabled by the Safa NEC and I'm optimistic that it will necessitate a paradigm shift in our strategy to improve efficiency in our regions.

"Moss worked diligently on the assignment and his report is a legacy the football family can be proud of.

"Our heartfelt condolences to the Sibilanga family."

Safa CEO Raymond Hack said Sibilanga was held in the highest regard by all who knew him.

"Moss will be sadly missed by family, friends and all who were privileged to know him," Hack said. "He was a fine leader and the association benefited immensely from his administrative skills."

Sibilanga will be buried in his home village of Chaneng in Rustenburg tomorrow.

The funeral service starts at 6:30am at his home.