We can’t rule out political squabbles –Rakoma

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While all football activities around the country still on a break, things seem to be getting tense in the Limpopo Provincial SAFA leadership.

The leadership political squabbles dates back to 2018 when the SAFA head office removed long serving Capricorn Region Chairperson, Abel Rakoma from his seat alongside his regional executive committee.

The former NEC member and once a close ally to current President Danny Jordaan did not just sit and fold arms but launched a fight back which he eventually won his case at the Limpopo High Court last month.

Rakoma was due to ascend back to his position post the COVID-19 national lockdown but had to make an emergency come back into the office after ‘criminals’ broke in and stole almost everything except chairs at the SAFA offices on Monday.

While the Police have already opened a case and a female (Zimbabwean national) has already been arrested, Rakoma tells FARPost that he does not rule out being sabotaged by his rivals.

“Whether there is an element of sabotage I can say yes and I can say no,” he said.

“I can say yes because when people are actually angry they can actually be able to do any other thing that is unethical or also immoral but on the other part you must actually give the benefit of the doubt in terms of the leadership squabbles because this issue of burglary here at our offices is not actually happening for the first time,” he said.

“It actually happened during our term, we have got a number of cases that were actually opened with the Polokwane Police but it is very bad I must actually indicate,” added Rakoma.

Polokwane High Court Judge George Phatudi ordered SAFA to reinstate Rakoma as the Chairperson of the Capricorn Region with immediate effect in March.

This comes after he was removed by the national office citing dysfunctionality within the region under his leadership.

SAFA Provincial Leader Jack Maluleka has told this publication that they don’t recognise Rakoma’s reinstatement as they have never received any communication from the court or Rakoma himself.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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