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21 Jul 2015
12:02 pm

Mazibuko calls for SAFA, SASFA reconciliation

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

The annual general meeting between SAFA and its schools affiliate SASFA took places this past weekend.

Niel Lazarus , Kirstern Nematandani, Danny Jordan (President of SAFA), Mandla Mazibuko and Vivian Cassaletti. Photo by Gallo Images

It was revealed that SAFA will take over the running of schools football, a task undertaken by SASFA previously.

A decision that has brought the two organisations at loggerheads, with Safa reportedly locking out SASFA staff members out of their offices at SAFA House on Monday.

In an interview with the SABC a visibly disappointed SASFA president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko said he it was just unfortunate that a matter that could be easily resolved around the table is allowed to drag on.

“I included, I believe we should look at ourselves as leaders, football is led by an esteemed Dr (Danny) Jordaan. I have been around, I don’t think we need this in football. I know him very well, he knows me very well, if we sit together and discuss, we’ll resolve the deadlock,” said Mazibuko.

Mazibuko said he would like to reconcile with SAFA, and has welcomed the intervention from anyone who seeks to resolve the matter.

“Let’s not wish each other away.  It’s not in the interest of anybody unless people have something we don’t know. We call upon the whole country to force all of us to sit down on the table. We will welcome anybody to mediate on this matter.”

Mazibuko described the relationship between SAFA and SASFA as that of a parent and child.

“We should have negotiations to say this is what the child want you to do. If there are real fundamentals that we need to do like father to son, let’s talk,” concluded Mazibuko.