NASS cracks whip on unregistered players

The Northern Areas Soccer Stream (NASS) is on an operation to clean up on teams that have not registered players in accordance with SAFA date of birth. The Exco has decided to allow teams until August 30 to sort out any discrepancies. A strong message is being sent out to all team and club managers to report directly to the SAFA Msunduzi LFA office with photographs, NASS registration forms and certified copies of dates of birth. According to NASS officials, it is becoming an annoyance every week to ensure teams are not cheating and, when confronted, managers come up with excuses. Senior managers are the culprits who know the requirements.
NASS is determined to eradicate cheating, said Bryan Rupram, the general secretary, when an adult team manager was caught kitted-out as a goalkeeper playing in an under-17 game. Rupram said that Amar Maharaj, a senior NASS official, had to apprehend the player as it was a serious offence. Maharaj was stunned to witness this type of action and hence the strict ruling from here on. Teams are to take all documentation directly to the LFA office and deposit cash for the official cards to be made. Ravin Maharaj said it is hoped that by September 7, all players will report with SAFA cards when fulfilling fixtures.
On a positive note, its encouraging to see many clubs are being formed, instead of just one team. The days of individuals forming a team and seeking affiliation is over, said Maharaj. The formation of clubs is vital for the continuation of the beautiful game. Maharaj said that the NASS office at the Northdale Stadium is on the brink of getting office equipment which will assist in getting administration and paperwork upgraded. Meanwhile, floodlight games are gaining momentum on a Thursday and Friday night and senior managers are warned to get the players reporting with SAFA cards. The “no card, no play” system will be enforced, allowing those that are making a valuable contribution a chance to enjoy soccer without any unnecessary, petty issues.
NASS will have two teams playing in the SAFA Build It under-13 playoffs on Saturday at the Wadley Stadium. Both Whizz Kids and Future Stars are running strongly to annex the domestic league trophy and accordingly, it is hoped that one of the teams make it through to the provincial play-offs.

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