Safa want FNB Stadium back

Safa have appealed to government to return part ownership of the FNB Stadium back to them.

The FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Picture: Wikipedia

CAPE TOWN - South African Football Association (Safa) has appealed to government to handover part of the FNB stadium ownership back to them.

The football governing body appeared before parliament's sports portfolio committee on Tuesday to answer questions of alleged financial mismanagement amounting to R92 million.

Safa was forced into transferring the ownership of the stadium to government prior to the 2010 World Cup in order to get State funding to help in revamping the stadium.

But CEO Dennis Mumble said Safa has invested so much in the development of the stadium over the years that there is no logical reason why it shouldn't share in the benefits now.

It is reported that Safa had pumped R580 million equity into the venue which hosted the opening and final world cup matches.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani said the only way Safa could get funding to turn the stadium into a world class venue was if they agreed to hand it over to government.

"We are still sitting with a very sore heart to lose our own facility. We want what belongs to us back," he said.

The federation has also denied claims that it is going through a rough financial period.

According to Safa CEO Dennis Mumble there is no crisis in the association and all the programmes are running smoothly including the leagues in all 52 Safa regions.