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Wednesday, 21 July 2010 10:18

Schools Must Breed Soccer Stars!

THE SA Football Association has suggested that suburban schools that do not offer soccer as an extramural sport be forced to introduce it.


Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe told parliament's sports and recreation portfolio committee yesterday that several parents complained during the World Cup that their children are not offered soccer as an option at some former Model C schools.

Presenting Safa's post-World Cup development plan, Sedibe said it was baffling that some of these schools, which have excellent facilities, do not offer soccer.

"There's a parent whose child goes to an Afrikaans school where football is not allowed. This is South Africa 2010, Madiba is 92 years old, we can't continue on that basis," he said.

He told the committee that it was crucial that more white pupils are exposed to the sport at an early age so the country can produce good white soccer players as it did in the 1960s and 1970s.

Mandla Mazibuko, Safa vice-president responsible for school sport, told The Times that the body would meet the departments of basic education and sports and recreation tomorrow to discuss the matter.

"They have the facilities, most of these institutions have facilities like swimming pools and gymnasiums, but they convert soccer pitches into rugby pitches," he said.

Mazibuko said many suburban schools said they didn't want soccer coaches.

The Gauteng education department, however, said it had not received any complaints.

Meanwhile, Sedibe said ticket prices to local soccer matches might rise to fund the development of the sport, because "that is where the money is going to come from".