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Safa and Sasfa seem destined to part ways


This was part of the interim Safa body’s resolutions to pursue consultations with relevant stakeholders

Safa and Sasfa part ways. File image

The SA Schools Football Association (Sasfa) and the SA Football Association (Safa) are set on going their separate ways as each association held high-level meetings with education and union authorities in Gauteng.

This follows Sasfa’s recent statement in which three of their top officials – Dickson Moleko, Steve Pila and Innocent Sirhova – were this week expelled by the schools football organisation.

The Sasfa statement said: “Mr Innocent Sirhova and Mr Dickson Moleko have publicly defected to another parallel schools football body without express permission and mandate of Sasfa, thus effectively terminating their membership of Sasfa.

Former Sasfa secretary Pila was summarily fired after the Sasfa exco meeting with DBE last week for allegedly violating the conditions of his suspension.

When asked for his reaction Moleko said he had not seen the Sasfa statement and would await official word from Sasfa before commenting.

Pila made it clear that he does not recognise the action Sasfa has taken against himself, Moleko and Sirhova, saying: “Only a (Sasfa) AGM is the legitimate body that can expel us. We don’t recognise this unilateral decision. We will appeal to Safa to intervene. There never was any hearing. We will continue with the process that we are busy with.”

On Tuesday Pila was among the interim Safa schools body delegation that met top level SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) officials in the company of Safa chief executive officer Dennis Mumble in Gauteng.

Fruitful meeting

Pila said this was part of the interim Safa body’s resolutions to pursue consultations with relevant stakeholders, saying the meeting with Sadtu was “fruitful”.

Safa’s meeting with Sadtu follows closely on the heels of Sasfa’s own widely-reported drive to woo the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

Sasfa and the DBE met on July 25 in Gauteng and Sasfa president Shoes Mazibuko said afterwards the meeting was “fruitful and mutually beneficial”. Mazibuko, however, declined to give any details of their discussions with the education authorities.

The disunity and dispute among the two football controlling bodies; one for schools (Sasfa) and the other for private clubs (Safa) started about two years ago with a meeting Safa held in Mbombela where it was debated whether Safa should take over the management of schools football in the country. That meeting subsequently resolved to disband Sasfa.

Sasfa objected to the decision and challenged the constitutionality of the Mbombela meeting, and earlier this year a court found in Sasfa’s favour. Safa, however, appealed the court decision, and the hearing on that appeal is due on August 7 in the South Gauteng High Court.

In the meantime Safa President Danny Jordaan last month sprung a surprise on the football fraternity when amid all of this he introduced an interim committee to the media which he claimed “would work for the unification of schools football”.

Jordaan’s interim structure included the three top officials from Sasfa – Moleko, Pila and Sirhova. Mazibuko, however, moved to distance his organisation from Jordaan’s structure, claiming that it was a parallel structure and that they (Sasfa) would have nothing to do with it.