Oliphant backs new Safa boss

SOUTH African soccer is in safe hands with Limpopo administrator Kirsten Nematandani as new president of the federation.

SOUTH African soccer is in safe hands with Limpopo administrator Kirsten Nematandani as new president of the federation.

This according to Molefi Oliphant, the man who handed over the baton to Nematandani after the Sedibeng academic announced last year that he won't seek re-election.

"There is no doubt our football is safe in the capable hands of Kirsten. The man came up through the ranks of our federation," Oliphant said.

"We are talking here about a man who has been in charge of the core business of Safa for a long time - our competitions committee.

"He has also been the chairperson of a difficult aspect of our football, the referees' department, and he has done a tremendous job.

"Kirsten has been part of Safa delegations to various international competitions on a learning curve since the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ouagadougou.

"When it comes to football development Kirsten is definitely not new to it and football development is not new to Kirsten either."

Oliphant urged South Africans to rally behind the new Safa leadership led by Nematandani.

"I'm happy that I leave Safa with a profit of R25million. I still remember when I took over the association was R98million in the red," Oliphant said.

"I want to thank everybody who supported me during my reign as Safa president. For me the biggest thing was winning the right to host the 2010 World Cup."

Oliphant was on Saturday appointed Safa's honorary life president.

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