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LFA on information drive ahead of elections

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The LFA had decided upon the constituency roundtables to cut short the report writing and submission phase which would have delayed the congress.

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The Sol Plaatje Local Football Association (LFA) has launched an information sharing drive amongst its constituents ahead of their elective conference which has been brought forward to coincide with the Fifa-Safa calendar.

LFA chairman Collin Bosman this week announced that the Association was in a rush to stage their elective conference in Kimberley while time allowed it to do so in keeping with the Fifa-Safa calendar. Safa earlier this year cut short its calendar in a bid to align itself with the international football body’s programme of staging the four-yearly Soccer World Cup in Russia. Safa, as a result, brought forward its own elective congress from September to March.

Safa could do so because Bafana Bafana had failed to qualify for the international football showpiece. So, a week ago in Gauteng, incumbent Safa president Danny Jordaan was unanimously re-elected. The LFA congress will takes place on Sunday at the Mayibuye Centre in Galeshewe.

Bosman said that on Monday he personally met LFA constituencies including Colville, Homelight, Floors and Roodepan. The LFA had decided upon the constituency roundtables to cut short the report writing and submission phase which would have delayed the congress.

Bosman (pictured) said the discussions essentially centred around the upcoming elections as well as the LFA’s report-back since they took office 31 months ago. “The most important thing was to tell them what we have done to date,” he said.

He told the DFA that the report-back was based on the LFA’s manifesto wherein several commitments were made earlier.

The manifesto had promised that elite leagues would be established when they assumed office. To date this appears to be the only association which boasts these types of leagues. The idea itself was originally suggested by Safa. The Kimberley LFA is the only one out of 27 other structures in the Province which succeeded in delivering on that pledge.

“It has always been in the activity book of Safa that we must establish elite leagues in our own areas. We have done that successfully. We are also the only LFA which has participated in an inter LFA tournament nationally over the past two years,” Bosman said.

He added that regarding the financial viability of the LFA, it had been decided that he, among the three top officials of the LFA, be tasked with doing “political work”. He was tasked with establishing relations with corporate entities and to source sponsors for the Association.

Bosman said that during the constituency discussions he recounted the fact that they had staged sponsored Easter weekend tournaments here, even managing to bring the reserve side of (Bloemfontein) Celtics to the City.

He stressed that the LFA managed to achieve all this without receiving any grant from Safa nor an honorarium for its members unlike what was the case with other LFAs including the one they replaced. “We did all this with our own money,” he emphasised.

Asked why this was the case – them not receiving grants – Bosman said: “We came out strong on governance issues. This didn’t sit well with them, that is to account in accordance with the prescribed regulations. It put us on a bad footing with Safa at the time. But we have mended our relations with them for the sake of football.”

In terms of development the LFA some time back claims to have brought over the national Under-17 coach Molefi Ntseki. “He (Ntseke) came to observe the Kendridge Mogorosi tournament at the time,” said Bosman.

On the corporate relations levels they had this past Friday heard representations from a company that would like to conclude an agreement with the LFA. The company intends to host several top teams in the Sol Plaatje area. The LFA came highly recommended to them, according to Bosman.

Bosman then divulged that they are talking to Bloemfontein Celtics about the possibility of having the Free State club host some of its fixtures here. The talks are still ongoing. So far they have sent four LFA officials to Celtics headquarters to observe how professional games are managed. If successful they could soon host Premier Soccer League games at Tafel Lager Park.

The constituencies were informed that the LFA are also talking to the local municipality with the view of getting access to several stadia under their control. The Kutlwanong grounds are already being used by an academy which is an affiliate of the LFA.

The LFA will later in the year get a turn at hosting the inter-LFA games in Kimberley around October. To this end they have secured a R200 000 grant from the provincial tourism authority towards hosting that tournament. Mekan Engineering has also partnered with them in the venture, Bosman said.