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Brenda Mafunisa takes the helm of SAFA NC

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Mafunisa’s extensive experience in women’s soccer, including representing her country and playing in the provincial Sasol Women’s League, positions her well for her new role.

Brenda Mafunisa, a well-known figure in both sports and academic circles, has been appointed as the new Provincial Executive Officer of the South African Football Association (SAFA). Picture: Danie van der Lith

Well-known personality in both sports and academic circles, Brenda Mafunisa has been appointed as the new Provincial Executive Officer of the South African Football Association (SAFA) in what is a significant development for football administration in the Northern Cape.

Mafunisa’s appointment comes after a distinguished career as a player, administrator, and advocate for women’s development in sports.

Mafunisa’s extensive experience in women’s soccer, including representing her country and playing in the provincial Sasol Women’s League, positions her well for her new role. Her dedication to both football and academic pursuits is evident in her achievement of a Masters degree, showcasing her ability to balance sports and scholarly endeavours effectively.

Stepping into the shoes of her predecessor, Mr. Willem Coetzee, who served commendably in the position since 2006, Mafunisa follows in the footsteps of a seasoned administrator.

Coetzee’s retirement marks the end of an era, with his notable achievements leaving a lasting impact on football administration in the region, particularly in the ZFM region of the Northern Cape.

As the newly-appointed Provincial Executive Officer, Mafunisa is tasked with overseeing football competitions, facilitating technical development programs, and ensuring compliance with SAFA’s constitution. With the upcoming ABC National play-offs set to be hosted in the Northern Cape, Mafunisa has wasted no time in preparing to lead the charge.

Before assuming her current position, Mafunisa occupied several roles within the football community. She served as the vice chairperson of Sol Plaatje LFA and worked as a national assistant coordinator for the FNB football festival.

Additionally, her experience as a football manager for the Sol Plaatje University male team and her role as tournament assistant manager for the Absa Wildeklawer football team have deepened her understanding of the sport.

In her new role, Mafunisa has outlined her priorities, emphasising her dedication to uplifting women in sports, enhancing grassroots development programmes, and engaging stakeholders to improve sports facilities within the province.

She also aims to address the challenges faced by clubs, particularly regarding transportation fees, by seeking support from potential sponsors.

“I want to see more qualified coaches, referees, and club administrators in the Northern Cape,” Mafunisa stated, highlighting her commitment to fostering growth and sustainability within the football community.

As Mafunisa begins this new chapter, her appointment symbolises a promising future for football in the Northern Cape, characterised by inclusivity, development, and unwavering dedication to the beautiful game.

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