13 November 2012

South Africa: Dr. Petersen Is an 'Integral Part of Safa's Future'

SAFA President, Mr Kirsten Nematandani, today strongly denied stories in the media that the CEO of SAFA, Dr Robin Petersen, was not a part of SAFA's future plans.

Speaking on arrival at the airport together with the Banyana Banyana team, Nematandani stated that Petersen had done an extraordinary job for SAFA in difficult times, and that it was unthinkable not to see him as a part of SAFA's future.

"Dr Petersen has, in the past year, achieved an enormous amount in turning around SAFA in difficult circumstances. He has put in place a financial recovery platform, has driven the restructuring of the organization to make it into a world-class and effective administration, he has overseen the replacement of the National Team coach and placing Bafana Bafana on the road to recovery, and, most importantly, he has driven the process of defining the Technical Master Plan for SAFA which will put in place the necessary conditions for all our national teams to achieve sustained international success"

"Restructuring an organization is not an easy task, and there have been many difficulties along the way, which he has helped us to negotiate. Just today we have heard that a challenge to this process brought by the union, BIFAWU, has been dismissed in the Labour Court with costs," continued Nematandani.

"The SAFA NEC is meeting tomorrow to discuss the overall process of restructuring within SAFA, geared towards the effective delivery of the multiple mandates that SAFA has to achieve. The CEO will be presenting to the NEC plans for the formation of a new entity, the SAFA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, which is designed to ensure the delivery of the SAFA technical master plan, and to generate the funding required for this", said Nematandani.

'We have full confidence in the CEO, and the only question to be discussed is how best to ensure that the Developmental work of SAFA, which he has been driving, is best delivered".

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