The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC’s) leadership on Monday held a fruitful meeting with the South African Football Association (SAFA), following a resolution at the recent macro sports body’s AGM to engage in one-on-one meetings with various National Federations to foster stronger relationships.
SAFA acknowledged the successes of both their federation and SASCOC and appreciated the unconditional support they are receiving from SASCOC.
The main issues tabled in the meeting from SASCOC included:
- High Performance;
- Provincial Sport Confederations.
All the above items looked at how SAFA fits into the SASCOC strategy on each.
Other issues discussed encompassed:
- Alcohol advertising ban and the view of the sports movement;
- SAFA strongly believes that their Under-23 football team is a very strong team if all resources are availed to them. However, they are experiencing challenges with clubs and agents not wanting to release the team;
- Challenges raised by the various regions will be referred to SAFA for resolving.
SAFA presented an update on their finances to the meeting by producing the financial report for the present year, which will be further discussed at the federation’s AGM.
“I am happy that the meeting has been very fruitful and the fact that we are going to drive the sports agenda in collaboration with SAFA,” comments SASCOC President Gideon Sam.
Adds SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy: “SASCOC is pleased with the results of this meeting we had with SAFA. It is envisaged this will go a long way in assisting us to have a better understanding of the successes and challenges that our NF faces.
“In the long run this will impact on our South African sport positively. We congratulate Banyana Banyana for qualifying for the African Women’s Championships (AWC), Men’s U17 national team (Amajimbos) for qualifying for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Youth Championships and the U20 national team for excelling in the CAF Youth Championships qualifying games,” Reddy concluded.
It was concurred that meetings will be held frequently between SASCOC and SAFA to check progress on various matters.