Football body honours nation’s presidents
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula congratulated Safa on a well-run annual congress and its unprecedented gesture of honouring previous and sitting South African presidents.
He was addressing the 24th Safa annual congress at Sandton Convention Centre yesterday.
Mbalula said: “I must commend Safa on a well-run congress and for honouring our presidents while they are still alive, except President Nelson Mandela, who has since departed.”
Known as “Razzmatazz”, Mbalula went on to steal the show by presenting Safa with two cheques of R110 000 each for the SA Under-20 (Amajita) and the Under17 (Amajimbo) teams for qualifying for their respective African youth championships tournaments, to be held next year.
He said Banyana Banyana – who start their quest for the African Women Championships title against Cameroon in Namibia today – will be rewarded upon their return home.
Honoured by Safa yesterday were President Jacob Zuma, his predecessors Kgalema Motlanthe, Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk – who attended the congress – and Nelson Mandela (posthumously).
The football body also honoured its founding fathers, including Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung, Molefi Oliphant and Ashwin Trikamjee.
There was also a cake to celebrate Motaung’s 70th birthday on Thursday.
– S’Busiso Mseleku