By FOCUS REPORTER
THE SA Football Association (Safa) president, Kirsten Nematandani has dismissed rumours that the national executive committee members of his organisation are demanding R500 000 each in bonuses for organising a very succesful 2010 FIFA World Cup which took place in the country between June and July this year.
“We note with great concern press that the Safa national executive Committee have made such demand,” said Nematandani.
Nematandani added that: “As a matter of record this issue was not among the items tabled and was never raised during last week’s annual general meeting (AGM) of the Association.”
The AGM was attended by all 63 of SAFA’s Members, including the 52 Regions, The NSL/PSL, and the 10 Associate Members.
“Safa held a very successful AGM where all decisions were arrived at with sufficient consensus. Our delegates left the AGM with renewed hope and confidence for a better future for football in the country,” pointed out Nematandani.
In line with Article 10.1 of the SAFA Constitution which states that “Safa shall be conducted on a non-profit basis, with the intent and purpose that its capital income shall be applied solely towards the promotion of its objects, and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly, (whether by salary, dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever) by way of profit or distribution to any of the Members of SAFA or their office bearers or Members, provided that nothing herein contained shall preclude the payment in good faith to a Member or any other person.”
“As I previously articulated, the financial legacy that SAFA will receive from FIFA will go towards the country’s soccer legacy and development, hence the establishment of the SAFA/FIFA Legacy Trust. I want to make it clear that anyone who is responsible for this claim is not speaking on behalf of SAFA or any of its Members, including the National Executive Committee, Regions, the Special Member or Associate Members. We view these statements as personal expressions and we shall reserve the right to deal with these expressions on the appropriate platform within the Association. SAFA has been consistent in its view that the legacy of the FIFA World Cup must accrue to its Members for developmental purposes and shall not be used in any other manner whatsoever. We look forward to welcoming the President of FIFA, the Honourable Joseph S. Blatter, who will confirm our position on this matter. He will arrive in the country this coming weekend,” said Nematandani.