Safa Soweto will launch police league

South African Football Association Soweto is growing in leaps and bounds with law enforcement agencies coming on board as new associate members.

South African Football Association Soweto is growing in leaps and bounds with law enforcement agencies coming on board as new associate members.

"We are going to have a new league catering for the police officers operating in Soweto," said Phil "Chippa" Mogodi, Safa Soweto chief executive.

Mogodi said the new Safa Soweto Police League, which is one of their 2010 World Cup legacy projects, will kick off in March next year.

"The South African Police Service and Johannesburg Metro police members have been playing social football, but they will now have a formal league," said Mogodi.

"Sixteen clubs, 15 from the SAPS and one from Metro police, will participate in the new league and we are happy that it's finally taking off the ground.

"We strongly believe there is a need for the community and police to work together in rooting out crime in Soweto, especially with the 2010 World Cup coming to our shores.

"Soweto is a one of the biggest tourist attraction places in Africa and we want to ensure the township is crime-free in 2010 and beyond."

Mogodi said they were finalising the rules governing the new league. The police league will use Safa Soweto's constitution.

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