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Another soccer row brews

by Brian Gaffney
07 May 2008
Peoples Post
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The SAFA Cape Town (Safa CT) is bracing itself for another niggling soccer headache.


And it revolves around the possible granting of Local Football Association (LFA) status to the Rocklands association, which is currently part of the LFA Greater Mitchell's Plain.

Clive Bailey, the president of Rocklands, disclosed yesterday that he will soon call an executive committee meeting to formalise Rocklands' application for LFA membership to the Safa CT.

The possibility of Rocklands breaking away from the LFA Greater Mitchell's Plain surfaced when the Safa Cape Town set a precedent by granting six new LFAs membership at a general council meeting held in early April.

This development has also raised fears among some established LFAs that their current membership of clubs could be hard hit by breakaway groups. All new LFAs seeking the affiliation of the Safa CT are required to comprise a minimum of eight clubs. At the council meeting the Safa CT increased its LFAs from 19 to 25 with the acceptance of Cape District (Wynberg), Rygate (Rylands), Athlone/Heideveld, Manenberg, Mazakhane (Langa) and Lingelethu (Khayelitsha), despite conflicting reports on the matter. Songezo Nayo, appointed by the South African Football Association (Safa) in February to administer the troubled Safa CT, said the Safa CT constitution vindicated the decision to endorse the affiliation of new affiliates.

This drew strong reaction from Vernon Seymour, the chairperson of Safa Western Cape and a National Executive Committee (NEC) member. Seymour said a report from Nayo recommending membership for the six new LFAs was rejected at a NEC meeting in Johannesburg.

The conflicting reports have nevertheless not deterred Bailey from going ahead with plans to revive Rocklands, which was in existence for 20 years before merging with Mitchell's Plain in 2006.

The merger was in accordance with the guidelines regarding LFAs that were set out by the Safa at national level at the time. Bailey claimed that Safa vice president Mahomed Mubarak gave Rocklands the assurance they could review their position and were free to re-establish themselves after two years when he chaired the merger talks.

"We do not intend to be disruptive in the LFA Mitchell's Plain where our clubs are already involved in senior and junior competitions this season. But we (Rocklands) intend working towards being an independent LFA by 2009," says Bailey.

Gilbert Kruger, the president of the LFA Mitchell's Plain, disputed Bailey's claim that Mahomed "gave Rocklands an option to go on their own after two years".

"I am not aware of what is happening behind the scene. But I will leave it up to the former Rocklands clubs to decide on where they want to play their soccer if Bailey goes ahead with his plans," says Kruger.

The Mr Price Parkhurst, Bay Hill United, Tafelsig, Northwood and Bay View are among the ex-Rocklands clubs currently affiliated to the LFA Greater Mitchell's Plain.

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