When the outgoing Midrand Local Football Association (MLFA) treasurer, Bennet Mmotla, mentioned Sthembiso Buthelezi’s name, the members roared with joy.
It was then that Buthelezi was elected president of the association recently at Ivory Park Hall with around 100 club representatives present to vote.
Buthelezi beat renowned football administrators Siyabulela Loyilane and Samuel Maboa by 53 votes to six and three respectively.
“I feel like there is a lot of work to be done to transform MLFA. I believe we will achieve everything I said in my acceptance speech with my new committee. We now have huge responsibilities are in our hands and every committee must work hard to achieve positive results,” Buthelezi said.
As the only woman vying for the post of vice-president, Loyilane was elected vice-president in accordance with the association‘s constitution which stipulates that a woman must be elected as one of the deputies. Charles Makhafola is the other deputy.
Luyolo Mafuna has been nominated for the post of general secretary while Makarina Mokoena, who is a former secretary, will now be Mafuna’s deputy.
In his acceptance speech, Buthelezi said he would work hard to ensure the association gets sponsorship to cover its running costs.
Buthelezi said he would be happy if the management could achieve at least 80% of what it wanted to do during his four-year tenure.
“If we achieve less than 50% of what we want to do, then I will consider our move to the leadership of the association a failure.”
When asked if he would run in the 2026 elections, Buthelezi said he would because he believed in growth and wanted new challenges.
Mmotla was replaced by Ben Seemela as treasurer.
Midrand Football Association set to fill leadership positions