Safa have more embarrassing setbacks
Posted: 11 January 2011 Time: 21:21
South Africa have again failed to enter their votes for the annual Fifa award, the latest in an increasing set of embarrassing setbacks for the country's football association.
The captain and coach of both the men's and women's national side are invited to vote for their favourite players in the ballot for the annual award, but for the third time in four years the Safa failed to file their ballot. There was no vote from Pitso Mosimane and Aaron Mokoena for the men's award won by Lionel Messi nor any from the Banyana Banyana coach and skipper for the women's award, won by Brazil's Marta. The list of the votes were release by Fifa today with South Africa one of just a handful of countries that did not vote. It is the latest botch up by Safa since the World Cup and makes a mockery of claims the association's new leadership would bring a new efficiency to the running of the game. They failed to enter the country's teams in the All-Africa Games qualifiers and had to scramble to the Confederation of African Football in Cairo to get a backdoor entry when Namibia withdrew. The association has also still not confirmed a February friendly for Bafana Bafana after moving too late to get the opponents that coach Pitso Mosimane requested. The latest evidence of administrative efficiency comes after Chief Executive Officer Leslie Sedibe was granted glowing public relations stories in two tame Sunday newspaper feature where the issues of his admin botch-ups were never addressed.