Ledwaba urges FIFA to normalise SAFA

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Ria Ledwaba addresses the media during the 2022 SAFA elective congress in Johannesburg. Photo Credit: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Former vice president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), Ria Ledwaba, has called on FIFA to act on what she calls mismanagement at the South African football governing body.

Ledwaba addressed the media in Johannesburg yesterday following the lifting of her banning from all football activities in the country.

“I am calling on FIFA, I saw CAF wrote a letter, but I am calling on FIFA. I am saying to FIFA, you have done it in many federations where there is non-governance,” said Ledwaba.

“That’s where FIFA comes in, where there is mismanagement of funds, where there is no governance in a federation. They come and establish what they call normalisation.

“Meaning they normalise the federation and the federation must have checks and balances. They have done it to many federations in the world so I am calling upon them to do exactly that and let’s save our football,” she said.

In an unexpected about-turn, on Wednesday SAFA announced its decision to reverse its decision to declare Ledwaba a ‘persona non grata’ within the organisation.

The news comes days after the Sports and Culture Minister, Zizi Kodwa, called for both parties to find an amicable solution to their standoff. Written by Ntsako Mkhari


Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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