Safa plans support for Bafana players

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In a meeting held in Durban on Saturday, the NEC resolved to embark on a plan that will ensure maximum support for Bafana Bafana in the tournament.

The first phase of the plan was commenced with the appointment of three NEC members to support their colleague and head of delegation Mandla Mazibuko.

The three members are Safa Vice President Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, Obakeng Molatedi and Vernon Seymour.

Molatedi is the assistant head of delegation while Nonkonyana and Seymour will play overseeing roles.

The NEC also resolved to finalise a document that outlines the team’s code of conduct, dress code and players’ bonuses by next week.

The document will be discussed with the relevant stakeholders, namely the technical team and players; and once adopted; the document will be attached to the players’ call up letters.

The initiative is one mechanism of ensuring that the players’ needs are considered before the call-up letters are sent and contracts signed.

Safa President Molefi Oliphant says the association cannot afford to have disputes of any form with players ahead of a major tournament.

“We have resolved as the NEC to proactively address issues that might affect the team’s performance well in advance,” Oliphant added.

Oliphant also announced that a delegation will represent Safa at the Confederations of African Football Congress in Ghana 2008.

The delegation comprises of Chief Nonkonyana, Safa vice President Irvin Khoza and CEO Raymond Hack. Oliphant will attend in his capacity as the vice-president of CAF and during his six weeks absence from the country, vice president Mohamed Mubarak will act as Safa president.