SAFA Digital a game-changer, Dennis Mumble
South African Football Association (SAFA) CEO Dennis Mumble has lauded the SAFA Digital project whose main objective is to build a consolidated registration and competitions management database as a game-changer.
Giving his report to the delegates at the Annual Congress this past Sunday, Mumble said this integrated database management system was developed specifically to suit how ‘SAFA Regions and LFAs manage their league and competitions’.
The registration system, known as MYSAFA, forms part of the six pillars of the SAFA digital platform, namely registration, the SAFA intranet, the SAFA Competitions Management System, the SAFA e-Learning platform, the SAFA social media platforms and SAFA TV.
The SAFA CEO said it was all systems go as far as the project was concerned and hoped all players registrations would be captured through the system in the coming season as was the case with the SAB League and ABC Motsepe League.
Mumble said SAFA social media platforms were reaching millions daily.
“As we speak, our social media platforms reach more than 2 million people per day and we intend to grow our presence on each of the main social media platforms in an effort to improve our communications with our constituents throughout the country,” he said adding all members were requested to provide news and information about football matters in their areas to SAFA Communications team for dissemination.
Mumble said the Association had developed a Vision 2022 scorecard to track progress on the achievement of the goals of this master plan and to build more capacity.
He said achievements by junior national teams on the international stage were well documented and these would benefit the senior national teams in the near future.
Work on the National Technical Centre was ongoing full throttle and on completion will change the face of the game in the country.
SAFA had accelerated the appointment of Provincial Technical Officers in all 9 Provinces in a bid to establish a robust talent pipeline.
A youth development structure, a coaching curriculum, has been put together to ensure players receive training with specifications to their age group.
In the meantime, SAFA continues to accelerate the coach education programme, training coaches in pursuit of achieving the 10 000 annual target but because of some financial constraints, half of the target has been achieved. This however, will change through the introduction of eLearning modules for referees, coaching and administrator development.
Mumble said despite tough economic climate, the Association had through prudent financial acumen, managed to turn around last year’s staggering loss of over R40m to a good profit of R23.1m this financial year.