Momentous weekend for SA football
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNEBSURG – THE much-anticipated Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifier between South Africa and Congo headlines what will be one of its most busy and critical weekends in the history of the sport in the Southern African country.
On Saturday, the South African Football Association (SAFA) will hold its Annual General Congress in Johannesburg, where a number of ground-breaking outcomes are going to be unveiled and announced.
Among the highlights of the AGM will be the presence of President Jacob Zuma and all former Presidents of the Republic of South Africa at the AGM.
The number one statesman and his predecessors (Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and FW de Klerk) will be honoured for their immense contribution to the game of football.
The late former President, Nelson Mandela will also be honoured posthumously for the role he played in the development of the sport.
Later in the day, Bafana Bafana will play Congo in a critical Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match which will go a long way in putting the Senior Men’s National Team one foot on the plane to Morocco if they are to grab three points.
The match is expected to kick off 16h30 SA time.
On the same afternoon, Banyana Banyana will attend the African Women Championships opening ceremony in Windhoek, Namibia before taking on Cameroon in their opening match on Sunday, 12 October 2014.
“This is one of the busiest weekends in our football history. All events starting from the AGM, the Bafana Bafana match against Congo and Banyana versus Cameroon are critical in pushing Vision 2022 forward,” said SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan, in a statement.
Bafana are away to Congo in a match that will bring back memories of 1997 when the visitors received a hostile reception.
They were to have the last laugh however as they qualified for their first World Cup that was held in France the following year.
– CAJ News
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