Jordaan vs Khoza

2010-06-25 13:10

Tensions between the World Cup’s two top local organising officials

erupted into the open when the organising committee’s chief executive accused

the chairperson of waging a war against him.

After the weekly Mail & Guardian reported his brother was

cashing in on the World Cup through a hospitality contract, chief executive

Danny Jordaan accused chairperson Irvin Khoza of instigating a “malicious” smear

campaign.

Jordaan is quoted in the paper as saying: “I know about the war

Khoza said was coming after the World Cup.

This campaign is against me and how I

cannot run or handle this event.

“I know why so many questions are being asked about my brother.

This issue has nothing to do with him. I have never in my 17 years in football

taken any money from anyone.

All I have is my name and I will not have it

tarnished for malicious reasons – not after I fought so hard for this

country.”

Jordaan and Khoza, who is also chairperson of South Africa’s

Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the owner of the Johannesburg-based Orlando

Pirates football team, have long had a fraught relationship.

Khoza denied accusations earlier this year that he was plotting a

coup against the current leadership of the South African Football Association

(Safa) which is seen as Jordaan’s power base.

He was not immediately available for comment on Jordaan’s

allegations of a smear campaign.

Khoza failed last year in a bid to become Safa president. Jordaan

is still technically the chief executive of Safa, although he has been working

full-time on the World Cup for several years.

The dispute between the men is an embarrassing distraction for

tournament organisers as the opening round comes to an end with one of the most

highly anticipated games so far between Brazil and Portugal.

After the shock exit of reigning champions Italy yesterday, the two

teams’ chances of emerging triumphant at the final on July 11 have been

significantly strengthened.

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz said: “With the quality of the

players both teams have at their disposal, we can expect some spectacular

football.

That’s what the World Cup is all about: the players and the beautiful

game.

We’ll endeavour to try to play. Football must be king at the end of the

World Cup.”

With Italy and France already out of the tournament, much of

Europe’s hopes will pin on three-times champions Germany and England, another

former winner.

After scraping through to the last 16 on Wednesday, the two are now

scheduled to face off in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

The match will be one of the most heavily policed of the tournament

with previous fixtures having attracted large numbers of hooligans.

The last time the pair met in a major competition a decade ago

during the European championships in Belgium, the streets of Charleroi were

reduced to a battle zone as more than 500 fans were arrested during two days of

violence.

National police spokesperson Sally de Beer said: “There’s a bit of

animosity between the two teams in the past, and obviously we’ll keep that in

consideration when deploying our members and resources.”

Meanwhile, a World Cup court today postponed the trespassing case

of an England fan arrested for entering the team changing room and lecturing

David Beckham on the squad’s performance in last Friday’s 0-0 draw against

Algeria.

Magistrate Aziz Hamied extended Pavlos Joseph’s bail and postponed

the matter until Wednesday to give the defence time to raise new issues with

prosecutors, which could lead to the dropping of charges.

The fan says he wandered by accident on June 18 into the dressing

room after England drew 0-0 draw with Algeria while looking for a toilet and

used the opportunity to tell the team their performance had been a disgrace.



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