The South African Football Association is finalizing new partnerships after German sporting goods maker Puma ended its contract with the organization in January 2013 following match-fixing allegations.
“We are in the middle of finalizing sponsorships that will come on board,” SAFA President Danny Jordaan said today in a phone interview from Johannesburg. While looking for increased revenue, SAFA is already “comfortable with our sponsorship,” Jordaan said.
Puma issued a statement yesterday confirming it had terminated its technical and licensed partnership with the soccer organization with immediate effect following match-fixing allegations, even though the partnership actually ended ten months ago.
“The decision was taken at the time when the allegations were made,” Tim Stedman, a spokesman for Puma, said in a mobile phone interview from Germany today. “It was in direct response to those allegations.”
Sponsorship of more than 250 million rand ($26 million) accounts for 80 percent to 90 percent of SAFA’s revenue, Jordaan said. The biggest sponsors are brewer SABMiller Plc, broadcaster SuperSport, which is owned by Naspers Ltd., and state-owned South African Broadcasting Corp.
Puma became the official kit supplier to SAFA in 2011, a year after South Africa hosted the Soccer World Cup. Allegations about possible match-fixing in warm-up games involving the national team before the tournament were made in a 2012 report by FIFA, the sport’s world governing body.
South African President Jacob Zuma is yet to appoint a commission of inquiry into the allegations after a proposal by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Zuma’s spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a phone interview today.