Build-up to Cosafa election intensifies

2011-12-08 07:00

The first batch of delegates is expected to descend here today ahead of tomorrow’s Cosafa executive committee elections in Gaborone.

Among them is South Africa’s Danny Jordaan, who will be contesting the presidency with incumbent Suketu Patel of Seychelles.

Patel is already in town with his deputy Salemane Phafane of Lesotho, who have each attended a number of matches at the ongoing Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Championships.

The feeling here is that Jordaan stands a little chance to snatch the southern region football’s sought-after seat from Patel who was elected president five years ago.

“Only if Patel was convinced not to stand (for re-election) then Danny could have had the easiest way to lead Cosafa,” said one official who refused to be identified together with the federation he represents.

Apart from the Patel-Jordaan race, Phafane will run unopposed for the vice-presidency post.

The jostle for the ordinary members’ positions is also academic, as there were only five nominations – which matches the required number as per Cosafa constitution – who stood.

The quintet is Botswana Football Association David Fani, Faizel Sedat (Mozambique), Timothy Shongwe (Swaziland), Walter Nyamilandu-Manda (Malawi) and John Muinjo (Namibia).

It remains to be seen if Jordaan will dust off the humiliating defeat he suffered during the CAF executive committee elections in Sudan in February with a top Cosafa post come the polls tomorrow.

City Press spotted Fifa representive Emmanuel Maradas – who is considered one of Sepp Blatter’s foot soldiers – in the Botswana capital and his presence can be linked to Jordaan who was the CEO of the 2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee.

All the 14 Cosafa member federations will each cast a vote.

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