18 September 2022 – Long-serving football administrators Natasha Tsichlas, Linda Zwane and Bennett Bailey were named as the new South African Football Association (SAFA) vice presidents at the meeting held at SAFA House in Nasrec on Saturday (17 September 2022).
The new NEC was elected into office in June and they also unanimously agreed to endorse South Africa’s bid to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup with work set to begin in earnest.
SAFA CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe confirmed the decision and said the process would get underway as soon as possible.
“The NEC has resolved that we must bid to host the World Cup for women in 2027,” the SAFA CEO said.
“We as administration will duly inform FIFA and then start the process of hosting the World Cup.”
In another important development, renowned chief scout Walter Steenbok was announced as the new SAFA Technical Director. Steenbok is a well-known name and has served as the head of scouting for Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundown. He is a Safa PRO License coach‚ has CAF A license, a CAF instructor and has a Masters in Sports Directorship from the Manchester Metropolitan University, among a host of other qualifications.
Advocate Motlanthe also confirmed the departure of Bafana Bafana assistant coach Čedomir Janevski from the South African senior men’s national team.
“We like to announce the amicable parting of ways with the assistant coach of the South African senior national team, Čedomir Janevski,” he said. “He got an opportunity to go and coach somewhere else. After discussing with the coach of the South African men’s senior national team coach, Hugo Broos, we agreed we should not to deny him an opportunity.”
Janevski was appointed as Bafana Bafana coach Broos’ first assistant coach last year and has served in this capacity alongside Helman Mkhalele. Advocate Motlanthe said Mkhalele will remain as the only assistant coach in the Bafana Bafana technical team.