The South African Football Association (SAFA) has briefed members of the media on the findings of the SAFA Technical Symposium which was held on the 27th and 28th January 2012 and the way forward to create the technical football platform upon which sustainable success will be built.
The primary purpose of this internal Technical Symposium was to establish a consensus amongst over 200 of some of South Africa’s best football minds as to where we are and what we need to focus upon to build a technical foundation that can enable us to realise our potential and become a dominant nation in African and World football by 2020.
The Symposium was attended by current and former national coaches, all SAFA Level 3 coaches, coaches from the PSL and NFD clubs, former national team players, grassroots as well as football development practitioners, sports scientists from leading South African institutions, leading international football technology specialists, and international talent identification systems specialists.
After two days of robust, open and dynamic deliberation and dialogue, the delegates expressed full confidence in the three-phase process which will run through to July this year, by signing up to be members of specific technical sub-groups to focus upon the seven ‘streams of success’ that are to form the framework of the strategy and action plans:
• Developing and aligning South Africa’s National Football Philosophy;
• Creating a Talent Identification and development Pipeline;
• Entrenching a Dynamic Coaching Education and deployment system;
• Establishing the necessary National tournament and Competitions framework;
• Building the optimal football Infrastructure and administration;
• Harnessing the power of technology;
• Leveraging the expertise of Sports Science.
A Technical Working Group, under the direction of SAFA’s Technical Committee, will coordinate the inputs from each of these work-streams to create an integrated Technical Development Plan, which will be presented to the final Symposium, scheduled for July 2012.
SAFA Acting President, Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, expressed the Association’s full commitment to this process.
“We have begun on a high note with this Symposium. The next phase which takes place over five months will see us doing the hard work necessary to develop a comprehensive and integrated plan across all areas. This Plan will be presented, discussed and adopted at the final phase Symposium which we will hold in July. As the leadership of the Association, we will ensure that we have the resources and commitment necessary to implement this plan of fundamental football transformation,” said Chief Nonkonyana.
“We view today’s media conference not only as SAFA’s platform to report back on the findings of the Symposium, but as a unique opportunity for SAFA to develop a partnership with the media as we work towards the finalisation of the technical strategy for the South African football development,” said SAFA CEO Dr Robin Petersen.
SAFA wants the media to be fully engaged with the process.
“The media is our connection to the millions of South African football fans whose hopes and dreams ride on the performance of our National teams. We will provide space for input from the media as we develop our plans, and in turn need the media to convey an optimism that will help generate a groundswell of support that will get the Nation wearing the Bafana Bafana shirt with pride every Friday and every match day as we begin our qualification programme for Brazil 2014 in June,” added Dr Petersen.