The South African Football Association (SAFA) would like to set the record straight on insinuations doing rounds regarding the appointment of the new head coach of the Senior Men’s National Team, Bafana Bafana.
For the record, it is standard procedure within SAFA that the Association gets recommendations from the respective committees on any decision, big or small.
As a result, the recommendation of the appointment of the coach falls within the domain of the Technical and Development Committee in line with Article 45.11 of the SAFA Constitution.
However, the responsibility of committees is purely to recommend, and any decision taken will have to be approved or rejected by the Association’s highest decision making body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).
“So it is irresponsible, disingenuous and disappointing for any member of the Technical and Development Committee to go out and express his/her views on the matter before this Saturday’s (30 June 2012) NEC meeting. This is literally jumping the gun,” said SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani.
The SAFA President added that for a big decision such as that of the appointment of the Senior Men’s National Team head coach, all issues had to be discussed, dissected and scrutinised by the NEC before an appointment is made.
“So it is very wrong to conclude that because the Technical and Development Committee has said one, two or three, we should rubber-stamp that decision. That is not how such a people-oriented organisation like SAFA works. This is a national issue which has to be handled very carefully.
“We want, if we take a decision, to have been above board and that verdict must be accepted by the entire NEC members,” added Nematandani.
SAFA will hold an NEC meeting on Saturday (30 June) where the new Bafana Bafana coach is expected to be announced.