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Kaizer calls for Safa clear-out 15/03/04
Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has called for a clear-out of the South African Football Associations (Safa) top brass as the organisation stall the appointment of a coach for Bafana Bafana.

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Motaung bases this on Safas lack of urgency in addressing the vacant national coaching position as well as Bafana Bafanas performance at the recent Africa Cup of Nations.

"Whatever happens, we will not progress further if we do not have a complete overhaul at the top, laments Motaung. You can have Alex Ferguson, Carlos Queiroz or Arsene Wenger as national coach but the problems will persist, as long as some of the people are still in charge.

Safa convened a meeting on March 6 to discuss urgent issues effecting soccer in the country, especially South Africas ignominious first round exit from the continental showpiece in Tunisia earlier this year.

Writing on the Amakhosis official website, www.kaizerchiefs.com , Motaung accuses Safa of disorganisation and a lack of passion for the sport.

"The fact that a key issue of the resignation of the organisations vice-president was not even discussed at the meeting merely confirms my reservations about Safa. This leaves many unanswered questions about the association, writes Motaung.

"Anyone who would have expected drastic measures from that Safa executive meeting would have been over ambitious.

"The lack of urgency from Safa in addressing the national teams performance and the vacant national coachs position is worrying, he adds.

An emergency meeting should have been called immediately after the Nations Cup to look at the matter and come up with solutions to some of the problems.

Motaung accuses attendees of failing to prepare for the meeting, especially with regards the appointment of a successor to Shakes Mashaba, who was axed on the eve of the Nations Cup.

"Safa knew a month in advance about that meeting yet up to the day of the meeting they had not done anything about the coaching position. To me that is not acceptable, says Motaung.

The committee that looks into the matters of appointing a coach should have been selected a while back.

Still, I have my reservations about this selection committee because at the end of the day, Safa overrules whatever recommendations the committee comes up with.

"It happened on two occasions while I was on the same committee. On the second occasion, before we could even meet, there were reports already stating that the coach had been appointed.

"What boggles the mind further is that some of the people on that committee do not have regard or the slightest clue about African football.

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