SAFA Wins Appeal Against Fli-Afrika

12 Mar 2020

A Supreme Court appeal by SAFA against money previously awarded to travel company Fli-Afrika regarding 2010 FIFA World Cup packages has been upheld.

The judgment ordered that a 2018 Gauteng Division of the High Court decision awarding a sum of nearly R14-million plus interest and costs to Fli-Afrika by the South African Football Association be overturned.

The case relates to a joint venture entered into by SAFA with Fli-Afrika in January 2009‚ when Raymond Hack was CEO and Molefi Oliphant president of the association.

In terms of the agreement, Fli-Afrika was to source 2‚500 ticket‚ travel and accommodation packages for each week of the 2010 World Cup. SAFA undertook to provide 2‚500 World Cup match tickets per week to Fli-Afrika.

But, SAFA could not provide the tickets as it was “precluded from doing so by the terms of the Organising Association Agreement‚ the agreement in terms of which FIFA and its agent‚ Match‚ were entitled to tickets”.

Fli-Afrika had in the meantime incurred costs of R28-million‚ which was later reduced to close to R14-million‚ booking accommodation for the planned World Cup packages‚ and demanded their ticket allocation from new SAFA CEO Leslie Sedibe‚ who was appointed in January 2010.

A settlement agreement was reached between the association‚ Match‚ and Fli-Afrika. It was this settlement‚ along with the service level agreement never stating that SAFA was liable for the accommodation booked by the travel company‚ that determined the five Supreme Court of Appeal judges’ decision.

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