The guise of the SA Police team and Real Madrid have significantly bumped up the number of affiliate teams to the current 28.
Outgoing Sol Plaatje Masters Football League (SPMFL) chairperson Seabata Makhele urged delegates to the association’s 20th annual general meeting to make their voices heard when it comes to matters of local and national importance in football.
Makhele said the SPMFL was among the best functioning nominal affiliates of the South African Football league umbrella, yet it made very little input to the general management of the sport in the country.
Makhele pleaded that though he is aware of the challenges facing the organisation locally it should, however, strive to make inputs into matters such as sports development, soccer infrastructure, interacting with the local municipality and senior government structures, as well as influencing the selection of national office bearers at Safa.
Makhele, along with Joseph Papi Dibeco were handing in their last reports as respectively chairperson and secretary of the SPMFL at the Mayibuye multisports centre in Galeshewe yesterday.
The outgoing chairperson further urged voting delegates to the AGM to be wary of making wholesale changes to the organisation’s top structure. Makhele appealed for the retention of some institutional memory within the executive so as to maintain stability and the continuation of the association.
In his executive report, outgoing secretary Joseph Dibeco said the association will retain competitions such as the annual Memorial Rehanna Moshoeshoe tournament, as well as the annual Easter Weekend tournament, including the Golden Oldies Benefit tournament.
Dibeco reported that despite losing the likes of DA Milan and Soul City FC during the course of the 2016/17 season, new additions in the guise of the SA Police team and Real Madrid have significantly bumped up the number of affiliate teams to the current 28.
The organisation had not yet cast ballots for the incoming executive by the time of going to press yesteray.