Thus far, over 400, 000 players have been registered, more than 150, 000 fixtures have been managed and the numbers are only going to increase during the course of this year and beyond.
SAFA had the privilege of chatting with esteemed Deputy President of the Durban South Local Football Association (LFA), Mr Harreeparshad Deepchand, who provided some valuable personal insights on the MYSAFA system, benefits and advantages and more.
Deepchand, who also doubles as a Junior Coordinator for SAFA eThekwini, shared his overall impression of the system.
"It is simply excellent. The implementation of this project was simply a great idea for all concerned. I love how, via the brilliant Verifier App, one can easily check details in real-time. Age-cheating is a thing of the past in junior football particularly, as previously there was doctoring of photos and certain players were getting away with illegal activities."
He also had praise for the user-friendly nature of the software and how anyone can quickly get used to it and also stated that the system has many advantages.
"Each and every player now has a MYSAFA number and a FIFA number on each card which is there for life, so tracking of career details is very easy from the most junior levels all the way up to the professional game. Also, feeder clubs now get paid for grooming young stars and they can also benefit financially, which is great," he added.
The big boss also had a bit of advice to offer going forward.
"We are doing well but must be guarded. People will still find ways to cheat the system. Also, we need to make sure that every single player gets on board and registers on the system. That is the ultimate goal," concluded Deepchand.
In spite of the recent world-wide outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and particularly the current nationwide lockdown, administrators as well as LFAs and coaches, can still access and utilise this software from the comfort of their own homes. This brings to mind SAFA's recent drive to encourage registration and management of players.
MYSAFA CLUB PRO is being offered free of charge during this period and the relevant personnel are encouraged to participate and take advantage of this as it can only benefit them down the road.
LFAs wishing to come on board, kindly click here for more information and steps on exactly how to go about it.