SAFA creates the organisational structure to achieve "Vision 2022" South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Kirsten Nematandani, has confirmed that, as was the case when one-time SAFA CEO Dr Danny Jordaan was deployed to drive South Africa's bid to win the FIFA World Cup, current SAFA CEO, Dr Robin Petersen "would take immediate and complete responsibility for establishing and driving the SAFA Development Agency".
Nematandani describes this as "the country's vehicle to implement the SAFA Technical Master Plan which will ensure that South Africa achieves its vision to be consistently in the top three in African football and in the top 20 in the world by 2022".
"SAFA's business turnaround strategy is now well in hand, having been approved at the SAFA AGM in September. Under Dr Petersen's direction I can confirm that SAFA is back on track to deliver on its mandate. It has been a tough journey and has been not without its fair share of stress and controversy.
The vital remaining part of the SAFA plan is now to ensure success on the pitch on an ongoing basis. In this regard, Dr Petersen has driven the development of the SAFA Technical Master Plan which was also approved by the SAFA NEC and the SAFA AGM in September."
"After careful consideration, the NEC has concluded that the Technical Plan needs to be driven within a focussed organisation and has accepted the recommendation from the CEO that SAFA establish a Development Agency which will be run as a Trust. We are delighted to confirm that we have already appointed some patrons including: Mr Bobby Godsell (BLSA); Mr Vincent Maphai (SAB); Mr Vusi Khanyile (Thebe); and Nolitha Fakude (SASOL). In addition there has been tremendous support from corporate South Africa and the Ministry of Sports and Recreation."
"SAFA is pleased to report that Dr Petersen has agreed to take complete responsibility for the Technical Plan's successful implementation and will do so through the vehicle of the SAFA Development Agency. With immediate effect, given that corporate South Africa is finalising its Financial 2013/2014 budgets, Dr Petersen will become the CEO of the Development Agency.
We would like to publicly acknowledge the passion shown by Dr Petersen in establishing this Agency and look forward to working together to build the future of football, from a technical perspective, in South Africa."
In response Dr Petersen stated: "It has been an incredible journey getting SAFA back into match fitness but now I feel that it is right that I dedicate the next phase of my career to creating a lasting legacy in the form of the Development Agency and the implementation of the Technical Plan. In taking this step I draw inspiration from the successful precedent set by Dr Danny Jordaan when he agreed to focus on the World Cup bid.
There is so much to be done in terms of governance and the development of the business model that it will require total focus. I am extremely comfortable to leave SAFA in the hands of its executive team and will remain available in terms of continuity."
SAFA has asked current COO, Dennis Mumble, to serve as Acting CEO. The change is immediate insofar that the Acting CEO needs to focus on the support required to host AFCON 2013 whilst the Development Agency CEO needs to concentrate on setting up the Agency and raising the necessary funding.
"We believe that we are extremely fortunate in having two such dedicated professionals who are willing to take up the challenge in the interest of football in South Africa," concluded Nematandani.