AMAJITA will miss out on the All Africa Games.
Safa’s financial crisis has again raised its ugly head as the Danny Jordaan’s association are struggling to make ends meet.
Now Safa’s empty pockets have cost them the SA Under-20’s a place in Africa’s only multi-coded premier sport competition, taking place in Morocco.
The tournament is scheduled for Friday, 16 August in two cities of Morocco - Kenitra and Rabat.South Africa were due to open their tournament account against the host nation in the 12th edition of the African Games’ men's football tournament at the Moulay Hassan Stadium on Friday.
But a lack of money has cost them their place.
Safa acting CEO Russell Paul has stated that the team is supposed to leave the country on Wednesday, they are waiting to hear from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).
He said: “We are still trying to deal with the Sascoc matter. The fixture is booked by Caf (Confederation of African Football) and now Sascoc does not want to pay for us. They are saying that they have only budgeted for teams that will be going to the 2020 Olympic Games.“
"And unfortunately Amajita are not going to the Olympic games".
According to the CEO, the team has been in camp for the past two weeks preparing (for Africa Games), and they are ready to go.
But if they do not leave tomorrow (Wednesday) that will mean they won’t be part of the tournament.
Paul also confirmed that Helman Mkhalele will be in charge of the team.
“We have asked Helman Mkhalele to lead the team on an interim basis until we get a permanent coach.”
SunSport contacted Sascoc president Gideon Sam, who referred all inquiries to spokesperson Qondisa Ngwenya, who confirmed that they are not taking the Under-20 national team to the games.
Ngwenya said: “Sascoc took a decision in June that they will be funding only teams and athletes that needs to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Morocco"
" And the decision was communicated with the association.
”He added:“Sascoc cannot afford to take the football teams because there's no enough budget and they (football teams) have their own qualifying criteria they do not need to participate in these games to qualify.”