The South African Football Association (SAFA) is capitalising on the ‘Win In Africa, With Africa' initiative by completing a two-day technical workshop aimed at identifying a way forward for the development of the nation's football. The workshop ended with a roadmap from 2008 to 2012, geared towards improving developmental aspects with focus on the technical structure of SAFA, youth development and women's football. The workshop also agreed that on the need to appoint a technical director to oversee the development aspects.
The overwhelming theme was the need for continuity in development, which was agreed to be a natural precursor to excellence. This is especially important if South Africa is to realise its goal of being competitive in all FIFA tournaments beyond 2010, including the FIFA Women's World Cup, the FIFA U-17 World Cup and FIFA U-20 World Cup. The workshop also included information sharing on courses available through CAF and FIFA. The suggestions will be tabled at SAFA's national executive committee meeting on Friday for ratification.
Benefits for all
As South Africa is the first African country to host the FIFA World Cup™, FIFA has focused intensely on the continent to ensure that there is a positive legacy from hosting the event. In addition to FIFA's social responsibility projects, Football for Hope and Goal, the FIFA President has pioneered a new programme: ‘Win In Africa, With Africa'.
This programme has focused specifically on the continent to develop skills in football administration and improve professional levels of the game across the board. FIFA have lent their technical expertise to help appoint technical directors in Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and now South Africa is now also gaining benefit from these resources
There is also increased co-operation between the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, SAFA and the Premier Soccer League that was ratified when the CEO's of each organisation signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The media officers of clubs in South Africa's top flights are being trained as FIFA Media Venue officers and will be assigned to venues for the FIFA Confederations Cup and FIFA World Cup. In doing so, these media officers will further supplement the invaluable tournament experience they gathered as observers during UEFA EURO 2008.