SAFA dealt ABSA blow


The banking giants joined forces with Bafana Bafana in 2007 and experienced the highs of the 2010 World Cup and the lows of continued failed qualifications.

And while ABSA say they will continue to play a part in development, their partnership with the senior national team will finish at the end of the year.

“Since our involvement with Bafana Bafana started in 2007, we have seen the game extend across racial and cultural barriers and we have engaged the passion of thousands of soccer fans across the country,” Barclays Africa Group Executive Bobby Malabie said in a statement.

“Being an integral part of the successful 2010 FIFA World Cup journey was a proud occasion for us and for all South Africans. This has been a fruitful partnership for us and we look forward to remaining involved in the development and welfare of soccer in South Africa.

“We thank SAFA for the opportunity and wish them and the Bafana Bafana team well in all future activities.”