SA Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan has confirmed that about R60 million has been allocated for the travel and accommodation of the Olympic bound teams – SA U-23 and Banyana Banyana.
According to the Port Elizabeth mayor, the amount was arrived at, considering the fact that South Africa is the only African country that will be sending two national teams to the Olympics.
“We knew it would be expensive to manage their travel to the Games and preparation matches too. My concern is that the U-23s have no sponsor, which means we will have to carry all their costs,” he said.
Jordaan disclosed that chief executive Dennis Mumble and Gronie Hluyo, Chief Financial Officer, are the only ones who could confirm the exact figures of the budget allocated to the Olympics.
Importantly, Jordaan added that he will meet Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba on 19 September for explanation on why the national team failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon.
There were rumours that Safa Exco got divided over decision to keep Mashaba for 2018 Russia Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
President Danny Jordaan Won’t Destabilize Bafana
President Danny Jordaan said he wish not avert the team’s attention with the report now considering the fact that it has a match with Mauritania on 3 September.
“I think it is only proper that we address this matter speedily immediately after the Mauritania match.
We expect a fully detailed report that will explain everything – from the first match we drew (0-0) against Gambia and including the 3-1 defeat to Mauritania. Those matches cost us a place at the Afcon finals.
Furthermore I thought we were going to walk all over Cameroon in the two matches in March, but we ended up collecting two points out of a possible six in the two matches (0-0 and 2-2 draws). We cannot sit back when things are not going according to plan,” he said.
However, the national football association president expressed happiness with the national teams’ performances apart from Bafana’s failure at Afcon and the African Nations Championship (Chan).
“The Under-17s and Under-20s, men’s and women’s teams have done well at their respective world championships, and we are happy with all their achievements,” said Jordaan.