17 January 2018 – The FIFA Professional Football Department has launched a series of ‘FIFA Professional Football Case Studies’ to promote professional football stakeholders around the world.

The case studies aims to showcase successful leagues, clubs, players’ associations and other organisations.

It is in this respect that FIFA is sending a delegation to South Africa to undertake part of a series of such studies and would like to learn how clubs in South Africa are run. They will pay special attention to two Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

The project will be led by Andres Portabella who is a FIFA Professional Football Advisor and Ahmed Harraz who is the Club Licensing manager.

The delegation will visit Orlando Pirates on 22/23 January where among other things; they will interview and interact with the players and officials of the club.

On 24/25 January, they will spend most of their time at Kaizer Chiefs where they will undertake the same exercise.

The FIFA delegation says they have identified Pirates and Chiefs purely because the two can provide excellent examples of true professional football clubs.

The Case Study involving the two Soweto giants will be published in March according to FIFA.

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