More work needs to be done, says Jor­daan

Safa pres­i­dent and CAF ex­ec­u­tive tells that his re­cent ap­point­ment is long over­due and that work to turn Safa into a world-class or­gan­i­sa­tion is un­der way. He also thanks Cosafa pres­i­dents for sup­port­ing his can­di­dacy

CityPress - - Sport - Vi­sion 2022 in a nut­shell

Elec­tion into CAF ex­ec­u­tive

I am glad that I even­tu­ally made it into CAF on my third at­tempt. The changes in Cosafa [Coun­cil of South­ern Africa Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions] were a huge cat­a­lyst.

The fact that 11 of the 14 as­so­ci­a­tions are headed by new guys ush­ered in the needed change. Many peo­ple crit­i­cised me when I with­drew from the race to be­come Cosafa pres­i­dent. I did that be­cause mem­bers told me that I can’t go for all [avail­able] po­si­tions. They as­sured me [of their votes] if I with­drew, which led to Philip Chiyangwa [of Zim­babwe] stand­ing un­op­posed.

I am glad that all Cosafa mem­ber pres­i­dents kept their word and voted for me to get into CAF. I re­ceived 35 votes – even more than the 34 re­ceived by Ah­mad [Ah­mad] when he de­feated [then CAF pres­i­dent] Issa Hay­a­tou.

Also im­por­tant was Cosafa’s de­ci­sion to sup­port only sit­ting pres­i­dents for po­si­tions in CAF and Fifa.

Ah­mad is cur­rently in Cairo [CAF head­quar­ters] to meet with the staff. Next week, we will meet as the new ex­ec­u­tive to look at is­sues such as op­er­a­tions, com­pe­ti­tions, fi­nance and com­mer­cial mat­ters.

SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa)

When we [the cur­rent Safa lead­er­ship] won the elec­tions in 2013, we vowed to turn Safa into a world-class or­gan­i­sa­tion. We then came with a tem­plate called Vi­sion 2022 [see graphic].

We are not there yet. We have, how­ever, come some way in in­vig­o­rat­ing our ju­nior teams from Un­der-13 to Un­der-23.

We now have ju­nior play­ers who have al­ready played at global events, and some of them have even grad­u­ated to Bafana Bafana. The orig­i­nal think­ing was that you can­not have a good se­nior na­tional team with­out strong ju­nior na­tional teams.

One of our big­gest chal­lenges now is women’s foot­ball, which will be part of our work­shop in Dur­ban [the work­shop was yes­ter­day, ahead of Bafana Bafana’s match against Guinea Bis­sau].

Cur­rently, Mamelodi Sun­downs and Bloem­fontein Celtic are the only two Premier Soc­cer League [PSL] clubs that have women’s teams.

One of the ideas is to ap­proach the PSL and ask if all their 16 clubs could form – or even adopt – ex­ist­ing women’s clubs to form a na­tional league.

Coach­ing

In 2013, we found that coach­ing was a huge chal­lenge. While in ma­jor foot­ball-play­ing coun­tries, the ra­tio was one coach to 20 kids, here we had a ra­tio of one to 200.

There is no way that a teacher can ef­fec­tively teach a class of 200 kids. We need to have at least 150 000 qual­i­fied ju­nior coaches. We cur­rently have about 20 000, and we are train­ing a fur­ther 5 300 this year.

Ref­er­ee­ing

Ref­er­ee­ing in this coun­try has al­ways been viewed as some­thing for re­tired soc­cer play­ers or for those who can­not play.

We are now chang­ing that and I am glad that we have a num­ber of young up-and-com­ing ref­er­ees.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion

In our work­shop, we will also dis­cuss the re­con­struc­tion of our struc­ture.

We are now a big or­gan­i­sa­tion as we have added a few com­po­nents, namely the Le­gacy Trust, a na­tional train­ing cen­tre and the Safa De­vel­op­ment Agency.

As a re­sult of th­ese de­vel­op­ments, we need a chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and a group fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, as well as a few more highly skilled and pro­fes­sional staff.

As­sets

With Safa House and the na­tional tech­ni­cal cen­tre soon to get 11 fields when com­plete, we are now an R800 mil­lion busi­ness.

The goal is to build Safa into at least a R2 bil­lion busi­ness, but more hard work must still be done.

Fifa

There might still be a chance to get into Fifa as there is now a va­cancy for an African can­di­date. How­ever, I will get di­rec­tion from Cosafa and CAF if I can stand.

PHOTO: DEON FER­REIRA

ABOUT TIME Danny Jor­daan is happy with the changes at CAF

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