SAFA ousts Chief

Ques­tions re­main in the wake of Nonkonyana’s ex­pul­sion as gov­ern­ing body is praised for suc­cess­ful congress

CityPress - - Sport - S’BU­SISO MSELEKU sm­se­leku@city­press.co.za he ex­pul­sion of Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana as SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) vice-pres­i­dent yes­ter­day has left more ques­tions than an­swers.

TThe decision to fire the vo­cal Nonkonyana was en­dorsed at Safa’s 24th an­nual congress at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in north­ern Joburg.

The two im­me­di­ate ques­tions are: Will Nonkonyana take his ex­pul­sion ly­ing down and who will re­place him as one of the four vi­cepres­i­dents to Danny Jor­daan?

Nonkonyana has been on sus­pen­sion since last Oc­to­ber and it would seem his pen­chant for tak­ing his or­gan­i­sa­tion to court was his fi­nal un­do­ing.

It emerged at the congress that Safa was pre­pared to grant Nonkonyana the op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress the del­e­gates and plead his case but that right was with­drawn after he took the or­gan­i­sa­tion to court twice this week.

Both his ap­pli­ca­tions were turned down by the South Gaut­eng High Court.

“We gave him a let­ter this morn­ing in­form­ing him that his right to ad­dress the congress had been with­drawn,” Safa CEO Den­nis Mum­ble an­nounced. Nonkonyana did not at­tend the congress. The mo­tion to adopt the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tion to ex­pel Nonkonyana was made by Safa’s Pix­ley ka Seme re­gion, sec­onded by the eKan­gala re­gion and adopted by a show of hands by almost all the del­e­gates.

At­tempts to get com­ment from Nonkonyana drew a blank as we were greeted by his voice­mail.

He had not re­sponded to our voice­mail mes­sages and SMSes by the time of go­ing to press.

Be­sides the Nonkonyana is­sue, Safa was hailed all round for a suc­cess­ful an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

It was quite an in­no­va­tive gath­er­ing where a num­ber of awards were dished out to sev­eral de­serv­ing in­di­vid­u­als.

Safa also be­came the first South African sports fed­er­a­tion to al­low mem­bers of the me­dia to sit in through­out their congress.

Un­like in pre­vi­ous years, the or­gan­i­sa­tion made a num­ber of pos­i­tive pro­nounce­ments, in­clud­ing a R10 mil­lion sur­plus in their fi­nan­cial re­port. This was con­trary to losses of R56 mil­lion and R46 mil­lion in 2012 and last year, re­spec­tively.

Jor­daan said Safa’s Vi­sion 2022 was on course and proof of this lay in sev­eral na­tional teams – such as Banyana Banyana, and the men’s Un­der-20 and Un­der-17 teams – hav­ing qual­i­fied for their re­spec­tive African cham­pi­onships.

“How­ever, this comes with huge chal­lenges,” he pointed out. “The more matches our na­tional teams qual­ify for, the more money is needed. This means we need to in­crease our rev­enue streams.”

Jor­daan said they hoped to achieve this through draw­ing in more spon­sor­ship to build up on the R1 bil­lion broad­cast deal they signed with Siyaya TV.

“Our main chal­lenges now after turn­ing our fi­nances around are to in­crease rev­enue streams as well as to build more Safa as­sets,” he said.

He also said among his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s five pil­lars of Vi­sion 2022 was the task to pro­duce at least 10 000 coaches per year.

SA Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Gideon Sam com­mended Safa on a “very suc­cess­ful congress”.

“I was im­pressed with the de­ci­sive way the congress dealt with the vice-pres­i­dent is­sue. I hate sit­ting at a congress that goes around in cir­cles. We have al­ways told the sports move­ment that big fed­er­a­tions like Safa must lead the way and to­day I am re­ally im­pressed,” he said. BIRTH­DAY BOY FW de Klerk, Kgalema Mot­lanthe and Thabo Mbeki; Safa pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan; Min­is­ter of Sport Fik­ile Mbalula; and PSL chair­man Irvin Khoza help Kaizer Mo­taung cut the cake to cel­e­brate his 70th birth­day DE­CI­SIVE Safa pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan was bullish at yes­ter­day’s congress

PHOTO: FRENNIE SHIVAMBU / GALLO IMAGES)

PHOTO: DO­MINIC BARNARDT / GALLO IMAGES

OUT Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana was ex­pelled as Safa vi­cepres­i­dent

PHOTO: THEMBA MAKO­FANE

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