South African FA chief calls for white population to embrace football
South African Football Association chief executive Leslie Sedibe says that in order for soccer in the country to succeed, more white players need to be playing the game in school.
Currently a large number of secondary facilities only offer rugby and cricket as their primary focus, but Sedibe is hoping that the success of the World Cup will change that.
“Many of these schools are simply not interested,” he said at a meeting of sport and recreation on Tuesday. “If we are going to succeed we are going to need the support… We need to create that appetite.”
“We want to see people like Andy Karacinski and all those white football players we used to see in the 80s.”
Sedibe added that a more diverse game would make it more vibrant. “It makes it interesting. It makes it lively.
“As a united South Africa, it is important that we begin to mobilise schools and make sure they take part.”
“There was a very exciting response from the public, particularly the Afrikaans speaking public, which was rare in past,” he said.