Safa appoints first woman CEO

New SAFA CEO Lydia Monyepao during the SAFA Press Conference on 08 May 2023 at SAFA House © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

The South African Football Association (Safa) made history earlier this week when it appointed Lydia Monyapao to serve as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Following Tebogo Motlanthe’s resignation as CEO of Safa, Monyapao was promoted.

According to media reports from last week, Motlanthe decided to step down from the position at Safa due to some things, which he disagrees with. The Premier Soccer League, on the other side, may decide to sign Motlanthe, according to reports.

Upon Dennis Mumble’s departure from Safa in 2021, Motlanthe arrived. Although Motlanthe acknowledged that he had resigned, he disputed that his departure was the result of issues like the interference with his job at Safa.

“I resigned as Safa’s CEO. My resignation letter has been submitted, and I have given it to the management of the football regulatory body, but I don’t know about the rumour making the rounds in the media,” stated Motlanthe.

Given that Monyepao was a former member of the national girls’ football team and that she previously held a top position at Safa, football supporters were pleased with her selection. Monyepao is learned in terms of education. Due to a meeting of the governing body, the management of Safa immediately appointed someone to a top position inside the organisation.

All of the members of the governing body, according to Safa’s president, Dr. Danny Jordaan, accepted and supported the appointment of the CEO.

“Everyone is behind Monyepao’s promotion. We congratulate you, but you must act quickly as there are many things to do. We cannot have an open post. That’s why we quickly appointed someone to it,” Jordaan said earlier this week. The training of coaches that work with teams that compete in the PSL is one of the tasks that Lydia will have to deal with.