Mbalula wants overhaul of Safa

EWN’s Marc Lewis caught up with Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula in Rio de Janeiro.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula speaks to EWN's Marc Lewis in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has told EWN he wants to see a complete overhaul of the South African Football Association (Safa) in order for football in this country to be successful again.

Speaking outside his hotel in Rio de Janeiro ahead of last night's World Cup final, the minister said Bafana's new head coach would need to place special emphasis on the youth, and build a team South Africans can be proud of.

He said the new coach should identify talent which would see the team prosper.

"From Safa what I want is a complete overhaul that includes the new coach. Does he speak to the system of development? Do we have a system in which we infuse our past players who have done well for the country?"

The new head coach of the national team is set to be announced at the end of the month.


Mbalula also congratulated Brazil on what he has described as a great World Cup.

He told EWN that despite facing serious challenges ahead of the tournament, the host nation could hold its head up high after a job well done.

But he believes that Brazil 2014 did not surpass its predecessor.

"We can boast about certain elements not equal to us under very difficult circumstances, but they've put it through."

After a successful hosting of the tournament by both Africa and South America, it will next be the turn of Europe as Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff conducted the traditional handover to Russian president Vladimir Putin whose country will host the tournament in 2018.