About Us

Welcome to the South African Masters and Legends Football Association (SAMLFA) website

History and Background

The President of SAMLFA conceived the idea in 1989 having seen the plight and living conditions of players after their active days. He then approached Mr. Jomo “ Troublemaker “ Sono, Mr. Veli Mahlangu (SAFA NEC Member at the time) and were instrumental in pioneering the formation of the SAMFA as early as 1990. We played our first international game in 1994 against the Black Stars of France led by Roger Milla both home and away.
Due to both business and club commitments, Mr. Sono and Mr. Mahlangu stepped down. Jacob “ Buddha “ Mathathe and Alfred “ Dance “ Malete took over the baton.
We played both local and international games and the highlight was the British Ambassadors in Durban in 2001.
SAMLFA also engaged in social responsibility programmes like HIV/AIDS awareness, visited Prisons, Schools and conducted coaching clinics.
In 2000, we heard of the group of football veterans which was meeting once a month at the SAB Centenary Centre. We then decided to go and seek a working relationship with them as we wanted all South African ex–professional football players to be under one umbrella. Irvin “ Pepe “ Dire, George “ Best “ More, Vusi “ Computer” Lamola, Ralph “ Ndabazabantu” Hendricks and Lucky Stalliano were part of their executive. A draft constitution was drawn in March 2000.
SAMLFA was given partial recognition in February 2001 as an Associate Member of SAFA. The Football Controlling Body in South Africa officially recognised SAMLFA as an Associate Member in August 2003. In 2012, SAFA facilitated a merger between the SAMFA under Mr Mathathe and SALFA (which was known as SA Legends) led by the late Mr Tlale to become SAMLFA. Mr Buddha Mathathe was elected in the first democratic process under the supervision of SAFA as the first President of SAMLFA in 2013 at SAFA House. Today, the organisation has structures in all 9 Provinces including Regional structures. We are continuously making strides to grow the organisation through partnerships that looks to create platforms for social upliftment and to contribute towards all developmental goals within our people through football and football related initiatives.

“ We see things not as they are, but as they could be as SAMLFA. We dream of the future. Of something bigger. Of something better. We at SAMLFA, believe in that dream.” — Buddha Mathathe President SAMLFA.


To keep constant and regular contact with soccer players who have retired from active football playing
To unite soccer masters and veterans under the banner of the SAMLFA
To foster cordial relations on a regular basis with similar associations worldwide
To contribute toward the development of soccer in South Africa by planning and implementing a two-pronged programme namely:
(i) Creating job opportunities for the members
(ii) Rendering of useful service to soccer at all levels
To facilitate communication among soccer masters and veterans for disseminating technical information by staging work-shops and seminars.
To develop and accept a code of ethics which shall not conflict in any way with any code of ethics adopted by the Control Body of
Soccer in the Republic of South Africa.


SAMLFA aims to unify and build an organisation for all ex-professional football players.
This organisation will providea sustainable relationship with the football fraternity.
SAMLFA will assist in the development and promotion of football and related policy.
Such development and promotion would include the fostering of positive role football as a vehicle in society.


We, as members of SAMLFA, commit ourselves to assemble, unify and keep in constant contact with ex-football players across South Africa, committing ourselves to contributing unselfishly towards the social upliftment and economic development of our country
by utilizing football as a vehicle, whilst maintaining interest in the beautiful game of football.
Added to the mission will be the research, education and dissemination of information to all structures within soccer, whilst engaging in active play displays involving members.




President: Buddha Mathathe Vice-Presidents: Phil Masinga Zukile Luyenge Henry Mhlongo Muzi Khumalo CEO David Nyathi Treasurer Dickson Mathobela Legal Moeketsi Senqhi Events Thomas Kwenaite
National List Members:  Alpheus Twala Tiger Mokola George Dearnaley Vukile Matyeni Killer Ndlangamandla Ronnie Zondi Vincent Pillay Phuti Matlou Jeffrey Lekgetla Johnny Masegela Dance Malete Mohlomi Mosebi
Provincial List Members: Thabo Mngomeni Tiger Makola Jackie Ledwaba Eric September Zamumzi Zothi Vukile Matyeni Litre Mokitlane Jerry Mahlakoane Kaizer Zulu
Members: Glyn Binkin Dr Lucas Radebe Thomas Kwenaite Aaron Mokoena Mark Fish Helman Mkhalele John Moeti Andre Arendse Shaun Bartlett Eric Tinckler Mark Williams Steve Khompela Quinton Fortune Benny McCarthy Jerry Skhosana Neil Tovey Fran-Hilton Smith Doctor Khumalo Des’ree Ellis Portia Modise Mohlomi Mosebi Roger De Sa Eric September
Lifetime Honorary Members: Dr Nelson Mandela Jomo Sono Kaizer Motaung Dr Danny Jordaan Dr Irvin Dr Khoza Steve Tshwete Steve Mokone Patrick Ntsoelengoe John Mosheou Sizwe Motaung Thomas Madigage Hurry Hurry Johanssen


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