Safa reassures Parliament on development

THE new Safa leadership yesterday assured Parliament that the development of the game was high on their list of priorities.

THE new Safa leadership yesterday assured Parliament that the development of the game was high on their list of priorities.

Led by new president Kirsten Nematandani, Safa officials appeared before the portfolio committee on sport and recreation and promised to channel more funds into development.

"We informed them that we are going back to the basics in terms of the development of the game. School sports will also be on board.

"The reception we received was incredible - we were praised by various political parties, including the DA, Cope, IFP and ID.

"They (members of parliament) urged us as the new Safa leadership to be grounded and ensure that football development is taken to greater heights."

On the issue of the administrators who had described the Safa elections as unconstitutional, Nematandani said: "They were worried but we explained to them that the new leadership was elected democratically.

"We also assured them that the 2010 World Cup legacy projects are beginning to benefit our communities.

"There are stadiums in most of the areas that have been upgraded and some, like the facilities in Makwarela and Pietermaritzburg, built.

"Communities have started using some of them."

On the death of 43 soccer fans in Orkney, he said: "They asked us to do something about the disaster, just like Ellis Park Stadium where the people who died are always remembered."

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