Village Talk

Safa uMgungundl­ovu urges clubs to get players registered


Local soccer governing body, Safa uMgungundl­ovu, is pleading with clubs and Local Football Associatio­ns (LFAs) to make sure they are properly affiliated and that all players are properly registered.

This after a local coach, Siya Khawula of Manchester United from Elandskop, under Msunduzi LFA, made a damning allegation about registrati­on cards.

He claimed a lot of teams in his stream have been playing matches without player cards. He said this was not right because, without cards, fixtures become exposed to possible corruption and cheating.

“Around my area, the majority of teams are playing without proper registrati­on cards.”

He said this was despite the fact that at the beginning of the season, each team is required to pay a R300 affiliatio­n fee and an additional R6 for each player’s card.

According to Safa rules, players are not allowed to take the field without cards.

Msunduzi LFA chairperso­n, Zinhle “Madam” Ngcobo, said she was shocked by the allegation. Ngcobo claimed that all clubs and players under Msunduzi LFA are “properly registered and officially affiliated”. She promised to look into the issue.

Safa uMgungundl­ovu regional executive officer, Makhetha Mzimela, also said his organisati­on would investigat­e the matter.”

“I just can’t believe it, and I just wonder how it happened. As far as we know, no players are allowed to play without showing their cards first. As the regional associatio­n, we are always available to help, provide clarity, give answers and to guide the teams.”

Safa uMgungundl­ovu comprises seven LFAs — Msunduzi, Mpofana, Mngeni, Mpendle, Richmond, Mkhambathi­ni and uMshwathi.

Mzimela also suggested that local teams and LFAs “double check” whether their stream co-ordinators submit necessary paperwork to Safa uMgungundl­ovu offices.

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