- Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe has confirmed he has not given up on his plan to run for the presidency of the South African Football Association (SAFA)
- He originally planned to run this year against Danny Jordaan, but withdrew after it was revealed he did not meet SAFA requirements
- Radebe believes SAFA is in dire need of younger and fresher leaders in order to move the organisation forward
Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe has confirmed that he has not given up on his plan to run for the presidency of the South African Football Association (SAFA) in 2023. Radebe believes SAFA needs younger and fresher talent to move the organisation into the future.
Radebe had to put his original plan to run against Danny Jordaan in this year’s race on hold when it was revealed that he did not meet with all of SAFA’s requirements.
The former Bafana Bafana captain failed to qualify because he had not served in any of SAFA’s regional executive committees or in any of the organisation’s structures.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Radebe wants to bring changes to how SAFA is run and believes the time has come for younger people to run the organisation and drag it into the future.
Radebe is also convinced that former Bafana Bafana players should be appointed to certain key-roles within SAFA.
He said: "We need to move forward. We need new ideas. The better solution for the future of our football is to rope in former players in SAFA structures.”
Radebe said his age group which includes many former players who won the 1996 African Cup of Nations should be allowed to serve the interests of soccer in the country by serving specific roles in the organisation.
Sport24.co.za reported that Radebe was currently in the process of getting himself affiliated with the required structures in order for him to qualify to run for office.
He said he was learning and getting himself ready to run in 2023.
Meanwhile, Danny Jordaan was re-elected as the president of SAFA. Jordaan ran unopposed after former referee Ace Ncobo withdrew his candidature at the last minute.
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