SAFA hunt still on for next CEO

Monday, March 28, 2011
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - The hunt for a suitable candidate to replace acting CEO Pinky Lehoko at the South African Football Association (Safa) is far from over.

The search has been going on since then Safa acting CEO Lesley Sedibe decided to leave the association in February following an agreement reached by the two parties. 

When the national executive committee (NEC) of Safa met last Friday, they resolved that candidates that were interviewed, while having strength in particular areas, were not suitably qualified for the demanding position. 

This pronouncement was unanimously approved by the entire members of the NEC and for now, Lehoko will continue in her role until such time that the organisation appoints the new CEO. 

As a result, the association will now resort to enlist the services of a professional recruitment agency to help them to head hunt the successful candidate who can take the association to greater heights. 

However, Safa President Kirsten Nematandani said it was possible to speculate when the process will be completed. 

Nematandani, who headed the interview panel, said while the association was keen to employ a high-quality CEO, it will not be rushed into making a hasty decision regarding the appointment. 

"We are aware of having the need to have stability in the organisation, but we will take our time to ensure that we pick the best suitable candidate," he said. 

The Safa president also expressed his satisfaction with the work being done by Lehoko.