SAFA to Rope in Legendary Manager Arsene Wenger in National Team Renewal Plan

SAFA to Rope in Legendary Manager Arsene Wenger in National Team Renewal Plan

Keba Mothoagae
March 1, 2023 at 8:12 AM
  • The South African Football Association has several issues it has got to solve
  • One of them is rejuvenating the national teams under its umbrella
  • They have now started by roping in one of the greatest football minds in the Beautiful Game's history

The South African Football Association's failing Vision 2030 will hopefully receive a boost with their next plan of action.

The country's football governing body has decided to rope in the great former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger to help realign the plan to fix the country's national football.

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SAFA president Danny Jordaan, FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Arsene Wenger. Image source: @SAFA_net and FIFA website.
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According to the Sunday World, SAFA president Danny Jordaan said of "The Professor":

“We have engaged Arsene Wenger on exactly how to build globally competitive teams, and it is quite interesting in his own observations, and maybe in March we will bring him here so that you can speak to him.

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"He made an evaluation of each and every country and wrote a report, increasing global competitiveness. So, the question for us from that report is ‘how do you increase global competitiveness in South African football?’ That report is there, so we will continue.”

In November 2019, FIFA announced that it had appointed the 73-year-old Wenger as its 'Chief of Global Football Development'. In January, the Indian Express reported that the Frenchman famously said that India was a sleeping giant in football on his fact-finding mission on the subcontinent.

Wenger gives Arsenal title warning

No one, not even Arsenal, would have dreamt of being in the title race when the season started.

The club and fans had their sights on finishing in the top four and returning to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2016. Halfway through the season, the Gunners are three points ahead of champions Manchester City and have a game in hand, having been the country's best and most dominant team by a mile.

The last manager to lead the club to the Premier League title, Arsene Wenger, warned his former team that they have the best chance to end their title drought this season and must do it now.

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