Foot­ball body hon­ours na­tion’s pres­i­dents

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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

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