Safa reveals R100 million expenditure in 2015
Posted: 23 December 2015 Time: 15:02
Safa spent in excess of R100 million over the past calendar year, according to the association’s president Danny Jordan, who feels the money was well spent.
The money spent covered all national teams for matches and camps both at home and away, while a portion was also used in appointing Neil Tovey, handing him a five-years contract as the Technical Director of football at all levels for the association, while also strengthening the regions in nine provinces across the country.
Jordan says Safa will never be the same again, and for their effort, success is imminent as they have secured property in Fun Valley, Gauteng, to build the a technical centre for future use.
"We invested R73 million to support our national teams, and I'm saying all of them this year alone ," Jordan told KickOff.com.
"You will see in the financial statement that we spent that money and of course the other costs like bonuses and so on separately, you can safely assume that we have paid over R100 million for our national teams.
"But also we spent R80 million out on the National Technical Centre and we also appointed the national Technical Director because to strengthen success, we cannot be without a national academy. We bought a place in Fun Valley, south of Joburg, to build the Academy Centre."
Jordan says the money was spent, but the immediate focus next year will be to ensure that the U-23 men's team, women's team and Bafana Bafana prepare themselves well ahead of the Olympic Games and World Cup and Afcon qualifiers next year.
"We received a further 600,000 dollars and in the exchange rates, when you multiply it by either 12 or 14, it is almost R8 million," he added.
"We are going to put two natural grass pitches and two artificial pitches at the National Technical Centre and we are going to do other improvements so that our national teams can go and stay there and camp for longer periods of time.
"Of course the immediate focus now is to prepare both Banyana and the men's U-23s for participation in the Olympic Games next year in Brazil.
"We are also hopeful that our women's team can qualify for the U-20 World Cup and of course next year, Bafana Bafana will go into the final draw for the World Cup to Russia."
Bafana Bafana will learn their fate for the 2018 Russia World Cup at the group qualifications draw, to be held on 24 June 2016 at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
The 20 second-round qualifiers will form five groups of four teams, with winners of each group booking their place at World Cup finals in 2018.