Joint Statement on the Football Indaba
Following the return of the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, the Hon. Nathi Mthethwa, from the Rugby World Cup tournament in Japan, the President of SAFA, Dr. Danny Jordaan, accompanied by the Acting CEO, Mr. Gay Mokoena, met the Minister to discuss the proposed Indaba. SAFA had indicated in an earlier statement that it would meet the Minister on his return from Japan to discuss the proposed Indaba.
The SAFA President confirmed that SAFA has no objection to discuss various aspects of South African football to the Minister. In addition, he emphasized the importance of the catalytic and the key role that the Association needs to play in planning and hosting an Indaba. The Minister confirmed his commitment to consult with key stakeholders in pursuit of his Ministry’s goals. He indicated that the Ministry’s role is to support the various sports federations to grow and improve their achievements.
Having considered the logistics of hosting the Indaba as originally proposed by the Ministry, the parties agreed that it would be prudent to reschedule the engagement to early next year. The unforeseen activities of the Rugby National Team, the Springboks, and the schedule of some of the football national teams, namely, Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana and the Olympic Team (Under 23) during the FIFA International Week were some of the factors that contributed the decision.
Furthermore, the Minister and the SAFA President agreed that a Joint Task Team, that will involve some of the Technical Staff from both organizations, should be formed to plan and prepare for the engagement. The Task Team will be formed to start with the preparation work soon.
In conclusion, President Danny Jordaan reiterated SAFA’s commitment to support the Minister in his duties to develop South African sports, especially football. He thanked the Minister for playing a key leadership role and for his keen interest in developing football in the country.
For more information members of the media kindly consult:
Department of Sports, Arts and Culture: Mr Mickey Modisane (082 992 0101)
South African Football Association: Mr Dominic Chimavhi (071 332 9886)