SAFA respond to calls for reshuffle

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Calls for the SAFA leadership to step down following the failure of Bafana Bafana to qualify for the 2021 AFCON is likely to yield no results.

Bafana's defeat to Sudan that cost them a place at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon next year has seen the axe fall on head coach Molefi Ntseki.

The decision was allegedly made by the SAFA national executive committee, which is headed by president Danny Jordaan and is the very structure the South African public are calling on to undergo a shake-up.

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However, NEC member and chairperson of the association's technical committee Jack Maluleka has defended that the hierarchy cannot be sacked in the same way as a coach.

"I'm not sure the aim of the question but the NEC are elected after four years by the members, and it's different from coaches because coaches are employees," responded Maluleka when quizzed on the standing of those responsible for SAFA's affairs. 

"Coaches are employed in terms of the contracts or vacancies that the association might have but, in terms of the executive, they serve their terms until maybe they are re-elected into office."

SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe further echoed the sentiments, suggesting that NEC members are only judged by the association members who vote for them at the quadrennial elections.

"Mr Maluleka has explained the life cycle – you are living in a democratic country, the coaches are contractual relationships, yes, but 2022 is the year of elections," Motlanthe added.

"If people say, 'Now look [what has happened] under your leadership, we no longer want you,' those people will exercise your rights and vote.

"In terms of the constitution, as democratic as we are, we cannot just wake up and say, 'Mr Maluleka and all of you, go!' There are procedures, which sayz the term comes to end in 2022, when there will be elections and members will then decide what they need to do.

"If members feel the executive has failed them, the members will take that decision in line with the constitution."

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