Drama as Safa gets new boss

2009-09-26 18:53

 AS SOON as the “Iron Duke” of South African football, Irvin Khoza

stormed out of the South African Football Association (Safa) AGM yesterday, it

was obvious that there was trouble.

He was soon followed by Premier Soccer League (PSL) executive

members Mato Madlala and Mike Mokoena

News started coming out that, as predicted by City Press last week,

Kirsten Nematendani had been officially declared Safa president.

Later it was confirmed that ­Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko and Chief

Mwelo Nonkonyana were elected unopposed as vice-presidents.

Outgoing president Molefi ­Oliphant looked dejected as he walked

out midway through the polls. Oliphant, who has been with Safa since its

inception in 1992 and has been president for the past 12 years, told City Press

that this was the “ worst and saddest” day in the history of SA football.

He revealed that Jordaan had withdrawn his candidacy saying he did

not want to delay proceedings any further. ­Khoza followed suit and stormed out,

followed by a number of his ­supporters.

A member of the Football Transformation Forum (FTF) said Khoza’s

withdrawal was prompted by a realisation that he was likely to lose 130-112 to

Nematendani, based on an earlier vote that had been taken over the eligibilty of

Safa’s Motsweding region, which supports FTF.

Speculation became rife that there were likely to be court

applications challenging the elections.

Top legal brains, Justice Ralph Zulman and advocate Ishmail

­Semenya (SC) failed to help Safa solve the issue of candidates’ eligibility to

enter yesterday’s elections.

Safa was supposed to elect a new president, two vice-presidents and

an executive committee of 22 ­members.

However, the debate on whether SA 2010 chairperson Khoza and CEO

Jordaan were eligible put the spanner in the works.

As predicted, the centre of attention and debate were the two

candidates while no one seemed to have a problem with the third candidate,

Nematandani.

The drama-filled day started with a huge presence of police

officers – 120 in all, according to Superintendent Fanie Molapo.

There was an air of relief when one of the Safa media staff members

told the media contingent that the elections had started at around 2pm.

However, this was just the beginning of huge drama.

First, it was Zulman and Semenya who came out of the meeting,

throwing their hands in the air, indicating that there had been no

solution.

The two claimed that they had decided not to give a ruling on the

eligibility as “this was not our place”.

Earlier, the two contesting groups went out of the meeting room as

the two legal brains ­deliberated.



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