SOUTH AFRICA CONCERNED ABOUT DEVELOPMENT
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
South African football officials are still worried about the funding of football development in the country.
After Danny Jordan took charge of South African Football Association (SAFA), he encouraged the country’s football bodies to work towards developing young talent for the national team.
Speaking at the Soccerex forum in Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer of the SAFA Development Agency, Dr Robert Peterson, believes that government has a critical role to play in youth development.
“The challenge for developing footballers and developing talent, it’s not something that generally gets funded by cooperates,” he revealed, “because there’s no big branding opportunities.”
Peterson emphasized that government should support and fund the development structures.
He said, “What we’ve learnt is that, if one goes to government and requests for funding for football development there is not a lot of football funding available.”
When Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba was hired, he was given a mandate to develop the side for the 2018 FIFA World Cup set to be played in Russia.
SAFA Development Agency CEO said funding could be a vehicle for changing the nation.
“It’s about using football as a vehicle for changing the nation, for dealing with issues like education, crime, unemployment, skills development. Football is a powerful tool for that,” said Peterson.
Former Bafana Bafana coach, Ted Dimitru, ensured Journalismiziko that the philosophy of development is the key tool for winning tournaments.
“If you look at the recent history of the World Cup, it’s not the football system or the technical system or fitness, it is the philosophy that won the World Cup,” he said.
He mentioned that it happened with Spain in 2010 and Germany in 2014.
He believes that South Africa has not produced enough talent.
“Coaching licences are a key factor for lack of development in South Africa and Africa as a whole,” he added.