South African FA Owes Second Division Clubs More Than $500K For Last Season
The South African FA "allegedly owes second division clubs" close to R5M ($524,000) for the '12-13 season, according to Sello Rabothata of SOWETAN LIVE. Though it "has been at pains to tell all and sundry that it is in a healthy financial position," the association owes all 144 second division clubs R30,000 ($3,100) each and two sets of playing kits each. The second division, which was sponsored by Vodacom until the '11-12 season, has 16-team leagues in all nine provinces and "is currently being bankrolled by the mother body." Most clubs in this division "have no sponsors and are run from the owners pockets, which many feel will lead to the demise of the league." SAFA spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi acknowledged that "the clubs have not been paid as yet." He said: "The association is busy negotiating with a sponsor and we are on the verge of concluding one (sponsorship deal), hopefully soon. We also could not issue out the playing kit because it would have disadvantaged the sponsor whose logo should be displayed on the jerseys for marketing purposes" (SOWETAN LIVE, 5/20).