South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan has promised a new era for the South African national football team that will see a new name, new technical staff and a new technical sponsor.
He stressed this was not a witch hunt because Bafana Bafana lost to Nigeria in the CHAN tournament on Sunday but part of a process he began when he was elected to the presidency late last year.
“I am fully aware that the national team needs urgent attention and we are dealing with the situation. We have a meeting already scheduled in early February where the team name, technical staff and technical sponsorship will be addressed.
“Big changes are underway at Safa, not just at the national team level but at grassroots. If we want to build a winning team for the future we have to have efficient structures in place right from school level.”
Jordaan said he understands the criticism that the team and Safa are receiving over the loss to Nigeria but added that fans should remember that many of our top players were not allowed to take part in the tournament. “Chan rules restrict the competition to home-based players and some teams refused to release the players who might have made a difference to the result,” he said.
“This is not an excuse it is the reality of the situation. We could not field our best team because of restrictions.”
Since Jordaan took over he has begun a sweeping review of all Safa management.
“Things will change and sooner rather than later. We are going to create a new era where South Africa takes its rightful place as a top African football nation and one that is respected in world football,” he said. “This is the task I have undertaken and I will not rest until we can hold our heads up in pride.”