SAFA have confirmed the appointment of Lydia Monyepao as the association’s new CEO with immediate effect. Monyepao, who is the second SAFA female CEO, takes over from Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe. The first SAFA female CEO was Pinky Lehoko. 

Motlanthe tendered his resignation from the association last week and has been tipped to be going to take over a high position at the PSL. The Seshego born, Motlanthe insists there is no bad blood between him and the association and he leaves on good terms. 


“It’s indeed true that I have tendered my resignation, I have sent a letter which I have signed,” Motlanthe told the media on Monday.

“The one which is on social media I would love to categorically say it’s not my letter. Mime has a signature and my reasons are simple, personal, and private.

“I have told the association that I will not enough serving a months notice. I am resigning with immediate effect and as in my contract, they can then take my monthly salary. But I am leaving with immediate effect,” he explained. 

“I don’t have any bad blood with anyone, Including the president. We have a good working relationship and he has been a father and has guided me. It’s just a personal decision which I have taken.”

Lydia Monyepao appointed new SAFA CEO
Ex-SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe

Meanwhile, Monyepao who was the association’s COO before her appointment says she is up to the task. 

I was working with advocate Motlanthe on many issues and the important issues around South African football. So I do have the knowledge in terms of what was happening and what needs to carry forward,” she said. 

“It’s big shoes that I am filling but I think I have to hit the ground running. I am capable of hitting the ground running. So I will take the task and take the work forward. I am not naive in terms of what is required from this job, I know the challenges that surround the South African Football Association.”


Lydia Monyepao has played for Banyana Banyana and was part of the 2002 and the 2004 Women’s Afcon and 2003 All Africa Games. She also managed the team between 2012 and 2014 and was also the team’s Liaison Officer at the 2010 Women’s Afcon. 

By Khotso Ramalatswa

SA Football motherbody, SAFA have confirmed that its CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has resigned from his position with immediate effect. The association has however not officially accepted the resignation and is set to hold an urgent meeting with him on Saturday. 

The meeting is set to be between president Danny Jordaan and Motlanthe on why he resign which will be followed by a press release. The association insist they remain focused on their bid for the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


“SAFA has received a letter from Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe saying he has resigned as the Association’s CEO,” said the association. 

“SAFA is convening an Emergency Meeting for Sunday, 7 May 2023. A further statement will be issued with regards to this matter and other developments at the Association.

“SAFA remains focused on South Africa’s Bid for the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup. We will also finalise discussions around all of the regulatory requirements needed to pursue the global event,” they said. 

SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe resigns 
Tebogo Motlanthe and Danny Jordaan

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“Banyana Banyana’s road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in July will also be discussed, as well as the appointment of an Acting SAFA CEO.

“The relationship between SAFA and Advocate Motlanthe remains cordial and there is no animosity between the two parties,” explained SAFA. 

“SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan and Advocate Motlanthe will meet tonight (Saturday, 6 May 2023) to discuss the matter further. Details of their conversation will be communicated in a press release to be issued after the Emergency Meeting to be held on Sunday 7 May 2023.”