Ex-Bafana player slams 2010 legacy project

2010 World Cup legacy projects are hoping to access funding from the FIFA SAFA Legacy Trust to fulfill its...

The biggest Soccer ball after confirmation by Guinness World Records at Empero's Palace on Monday. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/Eyewitness News

2010 World Cup legacy projects are hoping to access funding from the FIFA SAFA Legacy Trust to fulfill its promises. The organising committee has committed to completing 52 football fields in rural communities across the country.

Meanwhile, with Saturday marking exactly one year since kick-off, former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett said the Soccer World Cup legacy project has failed to benefit the youth. Bartlett said the country may have benefitted financially and gained new stadiums, but development at grassroots level has failed.

He said communities have not seen much change. "If there is any legacy that has been left behind in my eyes it is unfortunately only for professional teams. I think obviously the stadia built for the world cup, a lot of professional teams have benefitted from that but I would have loved to see a lot more being done within the community," he said.

Bartlett believes that Safa needs to do more for football at grassroots level. "There is enough talent in this country to actually carry us forward. It is just a matter of putting the right structure for future development."