SAFA to make major announcements regarding Bafana Bafana

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Outgoing SAFA Acting CEO Russell Paul says the organisation is on the verge of making major announcements regarding Bafana Bafana and football in general in the next few weeks.

SABC Sport reported last week that Paul is leaving SAFA to work for the FIFA 2022 World Cup organising committee in Qatar.

Paul oversaw SAFA at a time when the organisation was struggling financially, they are not out of the woods yet but the recently concluded TV deal with the SABC seems to be leading to some more positives.

Paul replaced former SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble who left the organisation in June last year with his contract coming to an end three months later.

Paul has also opened up about the role that he will be playing at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar where he’s expected to be Tournament Director for the big football spectacle.

Paul has got a long history of working with FIFA, having been appointed to different tournaments from 2008. During the 2010 World Cup he was the Divisional Manager for Competitions where he oversaw all the venues.

He reflects on his journey with SAFA.

As we had reported last week, SAFA Vice-President Gay Mokoena, a businessman from Mpumalanga, will take over as the Acting CEO for the next three months whilst the organisation is looking for a permanent  CEO according to  President Danny Jordaan.

Jordaan, a former 2010 World Cup CEO, says Paul’s move to FIFA is not coming as a surprise as he’s proven himself working the world’s football mother body for the past 10 years.

SA football is currently in a situation where SAFA is run by an Acting CEO and its special member, the Premier Soccer League has been having Golden Arrows owner Mato Madlala as the Acting CEO for almost four years now. But Jordaan has promised that it won’t be long before they find a permanent candidate.

Mokoena will be in charge of SAFA for the next three months and then handover to the full-time CEO whom they’re expected to head hunt.

It does look like SAFA has already settled on their candidate but it’s just a matter of concluding the deal but Mokoena says they are looking for a footballing person. – Report by Velile Mnyandu