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“It’s not only infrastructure and money that takes you to the top”- Senzo Mazingisa on South African Football

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South Africa celebrates 26 years of independence which corresponds to 26 years of freedom in football. In an exclusive chat with mysoccer24.com , South African born and Simba SC C.E.O, Mr Senzo Mazingisa throws more light on the development of football in South Africa with a tentative response on the contrast between its infrastructural development and poor results on the pitch. 

We are happy today to be celebrating the freedom day as South Africans.

“There’s been a lot of positives especially in sports. South Africa was excluded from international sports participation and since the freedom day, SA is now allowed to compete internationally, and we are excited about that.”

During the apartheid period marked by separation between blacks and whites, blacks were excluded from certain sports and have missed in a lot of sports developmental processes in the past and South Africa is still dealing with it through government intervention. Football has witnessed some progress

“When it comes to Football, we have made some progress but due to lack of focused development programs, we have failed to live up to the expectations.

But there’s also some improvements in the last 2 years or so as we have managed to see our Ladies teams, U17, U20 and U23 doing well in their respective competitions. Qualifications to the junior World Cups has also been encouraging.

South African independence is for All Africans

South African independence is for All Africans because most of the players are playing in PSL and other wealthy Divisions which have potential.

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Also, this country has good memory for hosting FIFA World Cup in 2010, this for the first time in the history of Africa.

Asked why the Bafana Bafana are not occupying top positions in African football,  Senzo recognizes it takes more than economic power to get to the top.

It’s not only infrastructure and money that takes you to the top.

“If your development system and some assistance you have in place are not aligned towards what you want to achieve, it would be problematic.
It’s like giving a child all the toys but still doesn’t do well in class. That means the training must be different; We need to improve on how we did with our development structure; We need to improve on communication between coaches, players and the football system in the country. So, it’s a matter of alignment. We just need to align few things and I’m sure that we are able to improve.

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The competition also has been very tough. It’s not only South Africa that has got the best. Other countries have been coming up and taking football very seriously so it’s not a one sided approach to say we have the infrastructure.

No! We need to still work hard and make sure our systems are intact, and we can talk to each other in terms of the coaches, the players and what we want to achieve as a nation.
Yes, We’ve got the infrastructure, our league is very strong, our clubs are doing well, we just need to improve on our Bafana Bafana 11″

The 2019 performance of the Bafana Bafana has given hope to the entire nation, ending the tournament at the 1/4 finals after haven shocked host Egypt in the round of 16.

By Gharib Mzinga

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6 Positive cases for Covid-19 in EPL

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The Medical Committee of the Egyptian Football Association, headed by Dr. Mohamed Sultan, revealed the emergence of 6 positive cases for Covid-19 , on the second day of the medical survey conducted by the Premier League clubs, in preparation for the return of the competitions.
The medical survey included players, coaches, administrators and team workers.

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Teeboy Kamara Ready To Play For Leone Stars

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Teeboy Kamara is a Liberian-born Australian footballer of Liberian extraction. He wants to play for Liberia, though he is yet uncapped competitively at senior level for Australia.

In an Interview conducted with Liberian Football Stars News this, the Green Gully SC versatile winger, Teeboy Kamara is finally ready to represent Liberia’s Lone Star as he has officially opted to commence a nationality switch.

Born in Monrovia-Liberia to Liberian parents, the 24-year old winger has represented Australia at the under-17 youth national team level.

“I left Africa due to the civil war in Liberia and found a new home in Australia. I have always been proud of Liberia and ready to represent where I was born.” Teeboy said in an Interview with Liberian Football Stars News.

Kamara signed with Australia Pro League club Adelaide United where he began his professional football career. He made his professional debut in the 2011-12 Australia Pro-League season in December 2011.

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He went on to feature for clubs such as Inglewood United, Stirling Lions, Nunawading City and Melbourne Knights.
In January 2019, Kamara joined Green Gully Soccer Club for a club record fees and is currently one of the most valued player at the Melbourne based club

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All You Need to know About FIFA’s Aid to Member Associations Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

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Football’s world governing body FIFA on a release on fifa.com on Friday April 24, 2020 will release  the sum of 150 Million USD to all 211 member associations to assist the football community which have been affected negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This comes four days after the president of the Senegalese FA Augustin Senghor had told the BBC that there will be deep financial impact on the game in his country as clubs find it difficult to pay their players couple with the fact that there is uncertainty on when the crisis will end.

The clubs are asking for help from the FA and the  state government and we are waiting for an answer from the government” Senghor told the BBC.

Though many pundits see it as a coincidence, it is the duty of the world football  governing body to assist its 211 member associations in times of crisis.

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The pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for the entire football community and, as the world governing bodyit is FIFA’s duty to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs“, Gianni Infantino told reporters.

According to fifa.com, this financial assistance should be used to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 and football in member associations namely, to meet financial  or operational obligations that may have towards staffs and other third parties.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino

Though many say, the move from the sports world governing body is the release of the operational cost for 2020, which was due in July will be paid immediately but it is a welcome initiative as each member associations is said to receive 500,000 USD from the COVID-19 relief plan of FIFA in the coming days.

According to fifa.com, the next stage of the plan are currently being finalized and will be communicated in due course.

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