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Open Letter To Jordaan

Firstly, let me congratulate you for your election as the new president of the South African Football Association.

I must say your election didn’t come as a surprise to me considering your impeccable record in SA football and especially the sterling job you did during the 2010 World Cup as the CEO of the 2010 LOC.

But one has to remind you that the jobs of a CEO and president are different. During your time as a CEO you were expected to drive the process and in the end you did deliver a successful World Cup.

But now as the president of Safa, your job is to oversee the Safa projects, which can be a tricky thing to do if you have incompetent people driving them.

You have been telling all and sundry that it was unacceptable that a country that had just hosted the World Cup in 2010, should fail to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

But as one of Safa presidents under Kirsten Nematandani, you are partly to blame for Bafana’s dismal showing on the international stage because you were part of the Safa leadership, so blaming Nematandani alone is uncalled for. 

During your election campaign you identified lack of football development as one of the reasons why Bafana Bafana were not doing well on the international stage.

But, sorry to say this to you sir, we have heard this statement before, so there’s nothing new there.

It is also puzzling why people are so excited about it now all of a sudden, because many people including former Bafana Bafana coach Ted Dumitru have been talking about this for many years. Even Nematandani was talking about it.

I’m sure I’m speaking on behalf of all football loving people when I say that we’re sick and tired of hearing about development.

We want to see this development in our rural areas and townships. We want to see this development at schools and yes, we want to see our junior teams playing regularly, but that cannot happen if you don’t have proper people in charge.

I like your idea of producing more coaches in SA, but as a football man myself, I’m sceptical about the success of that.

The reason for this is because over the years Safa has been demanding money for coaching courses and if you are going to continue with that route then I’m afraid that you’ll fall short of reaching your targets.

The 2010 Legacy Fund was created for football development and producing coaches for junior teams is part of development, so it’s about time that money is used to empower young coaches.

But sir, please remember that you only have four years in the office, so the less talk, the better.

The time for talk is over and it’s time for you to deliver!

Good luck.

Sidlal’idiski.

Khaya Ndubane

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