The South African Football Association (SAFA) has made history by appointing Lydia Monyepao as its new CEO, following the resignation of Tebogo Motlanthe. Monyepao, a former Banyana Banyana player and sports administrator, is the first woman to hold the position in SAFA’s history.
SAFA President Danny Jordaan Expresses Confidence in Monyepao
On SAFA’s website, it was reported that Motlanthe resigned due to personal reasons. After Monyepao’s appointment was announced, SAFA President Danny Jordaan expressed confidence in her abilities, saying that she is “more than equipped to do the job.”
Monyepao’s Background and Experience
Apart from her background as a former player, Monyepao brings a wealth of experience in sports administration to her new role. She previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). Jordaan highlighted Monyepao’s familiarity with the responsibilities tied to the position, saying that “she knows all the deadlines” related to South Africa’s bid for the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Monyepao’s Motivation and Reactions to her Appointment
Monyepao has embraced the challenge of her new role, seeing it as an opportunity to inspire a new generation of women leaders in sports. Some netizens have expressed concern about SAFA’s governance processes, while others have wished Monyepao luck in her new role. Nevertheless, her appointment marks a significant milestone for gender equality in South African sports administration.
Monyepao’s Responsibilities and Challenges
As SAFA’s CEO, Monyepao will oversee the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, which includes initiatives aimed at improving the quality of South African football at all levels. She will also face the challenge of addressing the ongoing financial challenges faced by the organization.
Monyepao’s Commitment to Gender Equality and Community Involvement
Monyepao’s involvement in various community and philanthropic initiatives, including with the South African Women’s Football Foundation, further underscores her commitment to advancing gender equality within sports.
Monyepao’s appointment marks a pivotal moment for gender equality in South African sports administration. With her experience, determination, and commitment to advancing women’s football, SAFA is entering a new era marked by a renewed focus on gender equality and the advancement of South African football.