The South African Coaches Football Association (SAFCA) has thrown its weight behind its President Greg Mashilo and Technical Head Simon Ngomane. The two were recently banned from football by SAFA for three years after being charged with bridging SAFA’s media policy.
At the SAFCA Special Congress (SSC) held in Johannesburg on Saturday 14 November 2015 attended by delegates from all over the country, the SSC Resolved that Coach Mashilo and Ngomane have not contravened any of the statutes of SAFCA and that they have always acted on the mandate of the coaches association.
Another significant Resolution was the endorsement of the interim committee that will carry out the mandate of the congress. The Interim Committee convenor is Professor Augusto Palacios assisted by Evans Moabelo, Lydia Monyepao as Treasurer, Thuso Tshabalala as General Secretary, Sam Mbatha responsible for Mentorship programmes and High performance, Sudesh Singh responsible for International Affairs, Zipho Dlangalala – Elite Youth Coaching, Elzeine Van Niekerk responsible for membership affairs and Professor Ted Dumitru as Technical Advisor.
The SSC delegates also took a number of key Resolutions and they are summarised as follows:
- To make the SAFCA head office at the Johannesburg stadium fully operational with immediate effect in order to start coordinating coaching projects with provincial representatives nationally.
- To substantially increase the membership of SAFCA by March 2016 as the first phase of the recruitment drive, the paid up members of SAFCA currently stands at two thousand, hundred and fifty two (2 152)
- To keep the membership fee at R150 per annum in order to make quality coaching accessible to all communities. Those who can afford to pay more in order to subsidise those who can’t afford will be welcomed.
- To build-in mentorship programmes in all SAFCA coaching workshops and refresher courses, this model was successfully used during SAFCA’S inception at the Esselenpark School of excellence back in 1992.
- To explore ways of setting up a fund that will assist in the capacitation and further development of elite coaches to adequately prepare them for the rigours of coaching at professional and national teams level , the fund can also be used to assist out of work coaches.
The SAFCA congress was a resounding success and delegates are energised to continue developing thousands of quality coaches for the good of the South African game.