safa gatvol with falling bafana

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The South African Football Association's top brass are so gatvol with Bafana Bafana's yo-yo performance that they won't allow the team's freefall to continue any longer.

This was according to Safa deputy president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Sandton yesterday.

The 14th edition of this tournament, held in honour of Madiba will be played at Olympia Park on November 8. Kickoff is at 8.30pm.

"We can ill afford a Bafana Bafana that behaves like a rand in the world market and a source of amusement in Zapiro cartoons," said Nonkonyana.

He said they were hoping that Bafana Bafana had finally turned the corner after registering three consecutive victories, urging South Africans to support the game.

"We hope and pray that we will inculcate in the minds of all our players the determination to play for South Africa and make this beloved country a winning nation.

"We need to take the world by storm during the Confederations Cup and to have a marvellous performance in the World Cup, a a fitting tribute to Madiba magic."

Nonkonyana also announced that Safa will donate R1,5 million from the proceeds of this match to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

The Safa boss said Cameroon had agreed that they will bring along their big name players, including Samuel Eto'o, as a fitting tribute to Madiba.

Bafana Bafana are hoping to reclaim the title after going down 0-1 to the United States in Johannesburg last November.

Moipone Buda-Ramatlo, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund programmes director, said they appreciated the support from the soccer community.

"As a major sporting code, soccer is a high-profile ambassador to a cause that is most dear to the founder of the fund, Nelson Mandela," she said.

"That cause is geared at advancing the wellbeing of children and youth development. Nelson Mandela Children's Fund was established to champion that cause."