Closure questioned


Safa’s senior vice-president Mwelo Nonkonyana has told Kick Off that he will make a last-ditch attempt to save his credibility and resurrect the Safa Commercial Wing of which he was chairman.

Safa Pty (Ltd) was dissolved by Safa’s national executive committee (Nec) a fortnight ago under mysterious circumstances, ending month’s of speculation.

On Monday, Nonkonyana, who had been instructed not to talk to the media, broke his silence.

“I won’t say I’m happy about the decision to disband the structure because no-one has properly explained to me why the structure was dissolved.

“But I don’t want to pick a fight because at the moment the focus should be on helping Bafana Bafana rebuild and win games.

“That is what my structure (Commercial Wing) was all about, that is all we wanted,” he said.

The first recommendation to disband the Commercial Wing was tabled at a Joint Liaison Committee meeting while Nonkonyana was absent.

Nonkonyana discloses that he will fight a rearguard action at a scheduled Safa board meeting by tabling the progress and advantages of the Commercial Wing together with some of its future plans.

Safa Director of Communication, Morio Sanyane, said as far as he was concerned the subject of the Commercial Wing was a closed chapter.

Before the structure was disbanded, R100 000 was spent in placing adverts for the vacant CEO position, left open by Sbu Mngadi who left Safa under a dark cloud earlier this year. Nonkonyana said he was expecting answers and would direct all questions on why the structure was aborted to Safa president Molefi Oliphant.

Oliphant was not available for comment yesterday as he is in London.