The South African Football Association (SAFA) have once again, seemingly, relapsed back to their old ways of bungling serious football issues, which has now caught the attention of the government. The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has released a statement noting “concerns” inside the Banyana Banyana camp, which saw FIFA World Cup-bound squad go on strike and boycott an apparently shoddily-arranged send-off match against Botswana at the Tsakane Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The African champions raised concerns about the quality of both the opposition and the pitch arranged for their final match ahead of the quadrennial tournament which is set to kick off in Australia and New Zealand in 18 days, as well World Cup bonuses.
The stand-off between the players and the SAFA administration, notorious for such goof-ups, saw the association arrange a make-do team to face Botswana and threaten the African champions with being sent home from camps.
It has come to my attention that there are serious concerns that have been expressed by Banyana Banyana, the South African women’s national football team, which have been brought to the attention of the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the South African Football Players Union (SAFPU),” says Sports Minister, Zizi Kodwa in a statement. Kodwa says he has been in contact with both SAFA and SAFPU and that he will be meeting with the union on Tuesday on “issues pertaining to government’s commitment and support to the team, the teams working, welfare and health conditions, including transparence and accountability related to the signing of contracts”.
STATEMENT BY SPORT, ARTS AND CULTURE MINISTER ZIZI KODWA ON URGENT MATTERS CONCERNING BANYANA BANYANA
I have been in contact with the President of SAFA, Dr Danny Jordaan and have received written communication from SAPFU. pic.twitter.com/1HVj1XZlUF
— Minister of Sport, Arts & Culture (@zizikodwa) July 2, 2023
In other news – SK Khoza celebrates his birthday in style.
South African actor SK Khoza left Mzansi impressed with dance moves celebrating his birthday. SK Khoza had been making headlines a few days ago after his issues with her girlfriend went viral.
He was physically assaulted and ended up in hospital as he recovered. Once recovered, SK Khoza showed his vibes with dances celebrating AKA’s life, and he impressed fans. It was a fantastic day for the controversial actor as he celebrated his 37th birthday on 1 July 2023. Learn more