Tuesday, February 13, 2007

South Africa and their illegal coach

I keep waiting to hear some good news out of South Africa in relation to the 2010 World Cup, but it seems not so good stuff is all we get.

What does it say about a soccer federation that is organizing the biggest single sport event in the world if they cannot get the paper work together to get their new coach the proper work visa? Former Brazil coach and new South African manager Parreira faced possible arrest if he attended a soccer match due to visa problems.

However, the bigger charges might be brought against the South African Football Association (SAFA) for hiring an illegal. Home Affairs Department spokeswoman Cleo Mosana said, "The charges will be against the employer, which means SAFA. The charges will be laid at a police station. There is a process that is under way."

Some are jumping to the SAFA's defense saying that the system is setup in such a way as to make it near impossible for businesses to hire foreigners, but in the end, it is yet another black eye for South Africa's World Cup effort.

If you can't figure out how to get a visa for someone after agreeing to pay them $250,000 a month, well perhaps your priorities are in the wrong place.

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