25 January 2018 – Officials from FIFA and CAF, undertaking a club licensing case study of African clubs, met with representatives from Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at SAFA house on Friday morning.
The delegation was introduced to SAFA senior management by CEO Dennis Mumble and general manager of corporate services, Ms. Pinky Lehoko.
Mumble told the delegation that the Association was leading the way as far as club licensing is concerned and was actually filtering the process right down to amateur teams this year.
He said that introducing a club licensing system for amateur teams will help fast-track improving professionalism throughout the sport.
The SAFA CEO concluded that SAFA was honoured and privileged to get all the attention from both FIFA and CAF and would continue setting the trend in modernizing the game of football on the continent.
The FIFA and CAF delegation have been in the country for this entire week looking at the South African club model. Most notably they have engaged with The Soweto Giants, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs on how they operate.
The delegation has committed to return to South Africa again next year to undertake further studies as they believe South African clubs are trendsetters on the continent and elsewhere.