FIFA call on SAFA and the government to allow spectators to return to stadiums
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CAPE TOWN - FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura has called on the private sector and government to invest more in women’s football.
Samoura, who is in South Africa, is being accompanied by FIFA Women’s Football Officer, Sarai Bareman.
Her delegation which was hosted by SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan and CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe also met Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday.
The FIFA SG told Minister Mthethwa that processes needed to begin to allow spectators back into the stadiums. She encouraged people to get vaccinated if this process was to be expedited.
‘’Spectators are the most critical stakeholders in the sport and the earlier they return to the stadiums the better,’’ she told the government and SAFA delegation.
Happy to meet @NathiMthethwaSA today with @SarBareman, @SAFA_net Pres. & @LydiaMonyepao. Great to hear how committed 🇿🇦 is to further developing 🚺s⚽️. Now this positive spirit must be harnessed to ensure that @Banyana_Banyana reach @FIFAWWC 2023. pic.twitter.com/nRQeuVrmMM— Fatma Samoura (@fatma_samoura) September 7, 2021
Minister Mthethwa agreed that the return of spectators to the stadiums was long overdue. He would begin the process by engaging all the stakeholders. They include the football controlling body, the clubs and all concerned.
The FIFA delegation also met SAFA sponsors like SAB, SASOL, Le Coq Sportif and Hollywoodbets, as well as public broadcaster SABC.