New boss for Bay football

 JOINT VISION: New Safa Nelson Mandela Bay region boss Monde Mhletywa, left, with the national chief executive of the Safa Development Agency, Dr Robin Petersen, at the New Brighton Oval. Picture: MIKE HOLMES
JOINT VISION: New Safa Nelson Mandela Bay region boss Monde Mhletywa, left, with the national chief executive of the Safa Development Agency, Dr Robin Petersen, at the New Brighton Oval. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

NEW Safa Nelson Mandela Bay president Monde Mhletywa is determined to transform the region into a force to be reckoned with.

The 40-year-old Mhletywa, affectionately known as “Bhiza”, took over the reins from now Safa Eastern Cape boss and national executive member Mzimkhulu Fina at the soccer body’s congress on Sunday.

And from the outset he has vowed to put in place a programme of action aimed at developing local junior football leagues, improving the standard of women’s football and ensuring better management of the organisation’s finances and general systems.

Part of his plan is to forge a relationship with the municipality in order to help create better facilities.

“I feel honoured to have been elected as president and it was a great pleasure for me working alongside former president Fina,” Mhletywa said this week.

“We will ensure every local football association (LFA) has a development league for boys and girls. LFAs are struggling to get sponsorship, hence we need to develop a concept document that will be able to assist them in this regard.”

Mhletywa is widely recognised as a born leader. Born in Langa, Uitenhage, on December 19 1974 Mhletywa went to various primary and secondary schools in KwaNobuhle before completing his matric at Lungisa High School in KwaDwesi. He was a fearsome striker, donning the number 12 jersey for many local teams.

The husband and father of two, Anelisa, 11, and Mafu, 6, he has served as a soccer administrator, starting from the days when he was still a student at Vista University.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and worked for Dulux.

He later joined Plascon as a research and development lab manager.

The former chairman of KwaNobuhle Zone Football League and president of the Uitenhage Football Association (UFA) also excelled as the coach of Young Callies when his team won the 2004-05 UFA championship title and the promotional playoff to play in the region’s SAB league.

He was very influential in the formation of two soccer leagues, Nodefa (Nobuhle Despatch Football Association) and Rolafa (Rosedale Langa Football Association) that combined Uitenhage’s and Despatch’s soccer teams in 2010 and he became the president of Nodefa. Later the same year he was elected as Safa-NMB vice president.

“I was the first Safa administrator in the Nelson Mandela Bay to attract sponsors for the organisation, hence I won the best administrator in the region award in 2011 and 2012.

“I was also assigned to represent the province at the 2012 Afcon in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and last year I served on Afcon’s local organising committee.”

Mhletywa resigned as Nodefa president after he was elected as Safa-NMB boss because the organisation’s constitution does not allow for him to hold two high positions in football at the same time. – Mthetho Ndoni

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