The battle for schools football continues as SASFA goes back to court

The battle for the life and soul of school’s football in South Africa took another twist this afternoon when the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) immediately informed that they are going back to court. The South African Football Association (SAFA) had called a press conference this afternoon to announce that the arbitrator had ruled in their favour that they administer and run schools football. This follows the decision by the SAFA Extraordinary Congress in 2015 in Mbombela where the Congress resolved that SAFA must take over the running of schools football. Advocate Ngwako Maenetje in his arbitration’s award had dismissed the application of SASFA as confirmed here by SAFA Head of Legal Advocate Teboho Motlanthe. But according to SASFA legal representative Dennis Sibuyi from DMS Attorneys, they are taking this arbitrator’s award under review as they are challenging how the arbitrator came into this conclusion. Veteran schools football administrator Steve Pila was still a SASFA General-Secretary when the decision to take over schools football was taken by SAFA four years ago.