Safa cash woes 'won't stunt Bafana Cup prep'
THE cash-strapped South African Football Association (Safa) insisted it will not skimp on monies for Bafana Bafana preparations ahead of the hosting of next year's African Nations Cup, even if costs are cut everywhere else.
Safa president Kirsten Nematandani said all required resources will be made available to new Bafana coach Gordon Igesund to ensure his squad is properly prepared for January's tournament.
"We will not compromise on the national team," he said as more details emerged in recent days of continuing cuts at the top-heavy organisation.
Safa is slashing staff, has cut its committees and has told creditors to wait for their money as it seeks to balance the books. Safa has employed outside auditors to take control of its finances.
But Nematandani said Igesund will have whatever he needs to ensure the country makes a strong challenge for Nations Cup honours.
"The national team is our main source of revenue and we have sponsors who have invested in it. The preparations will go on as planned. The challenges are not money but time because there is the clash with clubs over the availability of the players. In terms of the finances of the national team, all the programmes will run according to plan."
"We cannot compromise the national team. That is where the corporate world makes a decision on whether to sponsor your activities. Even the country's mood depends on how the national team is doing," the president added.
Nematandani admitted that Safa had spent wildly in the wake of the World Cup without heeding the fact that income had been drastically reduced after the 2010 fiesta.