SAFA disturbed by media reports on its leadership

Monday, October 19, 2009
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - The South African Football Association (SAFA) says it is disturbed by certain media reports claiming that 32 regions are refusing to recognise its newly elected leadership.

The regions have apparently claimed that the SAFA elections last month, where SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani was elected, were unconstitutional.

In a statement, Nematandani said that it was irresponsible for some people to "sow confusion in the football family by talking ill about the democratic electoral process".

He said the country should instead focus its attention on the last and critical stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup preparations and rallying support for Bafana Bafana.

"SAFA is disturbed by media reports attributed to some disgruntled members seeking to undermine the stability of the association.

"The 2009 SAFA elective Annual General Meeting (AGM) convened in terms of the Association's constitution, has come and gone. Any member who is aggrieved should act procedurally in terms of the the constitution that governs football in our country, and it is disingenuous of people to violate the constitution they purport to uphold," said Nematandani.

He added that the media reports were unfortunate and were bringing the association and its sponsors into disrepute.

He said the new leadership was focusing on fulfilling its mandate to develop football and to ensure that South Africa delivers a successful World Cup in 2010.