Dignitaries, Ladies and Gentlemen;
It is my pleasure to see off your team and to wish you well in your endeavours at the spiritual home of the beautiful game.
This trip of yours comes at a time that is highly auspicious for the future of South African Football. The recent 20th Year Anniversary launch of SAFA has re-affirmed that the game of football has grown in leaps and bounds in
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As you know, South Africa hosted last year what has now been officially acclaimed the ‘most successful FIFA World Cup™ of all times’, and the Grassroots Development program is perhaps the most visible legacy of the World Cup; with 27 artificial turf pitches under construction in townships and rural areas; and junior leagues being established countrywide to ensure that we identify and develop talent at as early a stage as possible.