The reluctance to implement and execute the Technical Authority in line with Article 45 of the SAFA statutes is a major concern to SAFCA. Article 45 talks of the Technical and Developmental committee which deals with holistic technical matters. This committee must comprise of coaches with impeccable technical expertise.
SAFCA is not informed of any criteria/qualification requirements/expertise, etc. to be considered in recruiting/appointing the TD. In normal circumstances such a key position should have been advertised (as per Technical Committee previous released information) so that other candidates
Can be offered a fair and equal opportunity for the job. Already there are countless complains about the procedure used by SAFA disregarding other candidates from the process.
SAFCA’s Head of Technical Simon Ngomane says the coaches are beginning to question the sincerity of the Technical Workshop and the acceptance of the NPP as presented by SAFCA. Ngomane says the appointment of the TD comes in the wake of the Technical Workshop between SAFCA and SAFA, and it might give the impression to our members that the Coaching body was consulted on this critical matter of appointing a TD.
“SAFCA is a constitutional body with a mandate to deal with Technical matters, we find it very problematic that the football governing body in the country can accept SAFCA’s National Playing Philosophy and in the same token brush aside other critical technical judicious processes that would have ended with a transparent, legitimate, fair, and quality assured appointment. We are also extremely concerned by the allegations that the existing SAFA Technical Committee played no part in this critical appointment, whether the allegations are true or not, the status quo is not conducive hence SAFCA’s call for a total transformation of the Technical Structure in our football. The days of SAFCA existing only to vote during election time are over, the organisation is involved in extensive research and there is a body of Technical work that can be utilised to move our football forward, the Playing Philosophy is but one of the many researched methodologies that can be utilised fully to develop our game provided we are afforded space and resources to work”; added Ngomane.
SAFCA reiterates that the essence of redressing the serious technical deficiencies in our football depends on the introduction and adoption of a Technical Authority. Our football need as a matter of outmost urgency a committee of highly experienced technicians that will be responsible for quality assurance of all coaching and technical matters. The recently accepted Playing Philosophy cannot exist in a vacuum; hence the importance of establishing a Technical Authority to drive the ideals of high performance for international excellence. SAFCA members have raised serious concerns about the continuous undermining of the coaching structure on Technical matters.