Jordaan elected to top seat

2010-03-28 10:42

DANNY Jordaan received more recognition as a soccer administrator

when he was elected the president of the powerful ­Football Transformation Forum

(FTF) yesterday.

This took place at the organisation’s ­report-back meeting attended

by 32 of the 52 South African Football Association ­(Safa) regions that was held

at a hotel near the OR Tambo International Airport.

Other members elected to the FTF executive were Andile “Ace” Kika

as vice-president, Dennis Mumble (secretary general), two additional members

Josina Tellei from Safa Tshwane and former Essellen Park School of Excellence

principal Steve Pila.

Members of the national executive committee (NEC) were given a

grilling by the membership when they presented their report-back on the six

months since they were elected on September 26. The FTF got 100% seats at the

elections.

“The membership was not happy with some of the pace of

transformation,” said Mumble last night. “They felt some things were not

achieved.”

Mumble said one of the major concerns were that it had taken too

long to call a ­special general meeting at which amendments would be installed

in the Safa constitution. “These amendments have to do with the democratisation

of Safa by creating a wider representation,” he said.

Mumble said some of the delays were caused by consultation that his

organisation had to undergo.

He said new Safa chief executive Lesley Sedibe and vice-president

Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana had to go to Cairo, Egypt, to meet with representatives

from Fifa in order to align the Safa constitution with world football governing

body Fifa’s standing statutes.

“We are now convinced that our constitution will be in line with

the Fifa standing statutes and decided to call a special general meeting on May

29 at which the changes to the constitution will be adopted.”

He also revealed that the NEC members had signed a performance

pledge that ensures they adhere to the FTF manifesto adopted last year. This,

together with the code of conduct for elected members, gives the FTF the powers

to recall members who do not adhere to the principles endorsed in the two

documents.

A membership structure in which regions pay a R5 000 ­yearly fee,

NEC members R2 500 and R2 000 for individuals was adopted.

It was agreed that

regions would set their own fees for branches and these funds would be used for

transformation work.

The meeting took place while the Safa Soweto Local Football

Association marched to the Safa head office to hand over a memorandum of

grievances.

Their grievances included: “The exclusion of a Soweto team from the

SAB League play-offs, while last year a team from Soweto played in the play-offs

and went on to win promotion to the Vodacom League.”

Mumble said the memorandum was ­accepted by staff member Balebetse

­Monnakgotla.


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