There's progress in South African football says Danny Jordaan


Jordaan was speaking at the announcement of Banyana Banyana's friendly match against Jamaica on April 7 at Moses Mabhida Stadium, which will be their last home game before the FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Firstly, the football association boss explained the reason behind the postponement of the professional women's league.

"We know the league was supposed to start next month, but we decided to move it to August so we can help the national team prepare for the upcoming World Cup. We already allocated R10-million to make sure it starts this year," he explained.

Jordan is excited and proud of the recent good form of all the South African national teams and what they have achieved in 2019, but also admitted they still need to do more.

"It's a very good year for South African football, our teams are doing well. The under-17 women's team went to Uruguay for the World Cup, the under-20s have qualified for their own [World Cup] which will be in Poland, you also have Banyana Banyana who did well at the recent AFCON and they will be playing in France," he continued.

"Bafana Bafana have qualified for AFCON in Egypt, the under-23s are in good shape too, so as a country we should be proud of our achievements. Now we need to look at having more coaches to make sure we stay on top, we've already made some movements in terms of coaching training. I believe we need to do more, especially in KwaZulu-Natal."

Jordaan is also proud that there are more youth players abroad and believes it has played a role in helping the junior national teams.

Meanwhile, the SAFA president was asked if he has spoken to Stuart Baxter about the mandate for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

He responded: "They just came back from Tunisia, we haven't spoken to them, but as a country we would like to win. It's a matter of mental strength from the team."