PRETORIA: The embattled South African Football Association, despite all its problems, has called on the government to hand control of the Soccer City stadium back to the national body.

Briefing Parliament’s sport committee, SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani said that the SAFA had spent $65m on constructing the stadium before handing over the venue to the government before the 2010 World Cup in the country. The Johannesburg stadium staged the opening match and the final of the competition.

Nematandani said later: “We are still sitting with a very sore heart to lose our own facility. We want what belongs to us back.”

Earlier in the briefing, SAFA executives had admitted to MPs that they were in the process of selling off assets to address a ‘liquidity gap.’

SAFA, already mired in a matchfixing scandal which will be assessed by a quasi-governmental inquiry, has significant debts and questions were raised at the weekend about the destination of some of the funds from the World Cup legacy fund.


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