Khoza, Sam in Sascoc presidency face-off

2012-02-04 20:31

PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza has been approached to take over the presidency of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

City Press has reliably learnt that four top administrators have asked Khoza to stand for the August elections.

Khoza’s PSL chairmanship is coming to an end in November. He has previously said he won’t run for another term. This will give him more time as it will mean he also vacates his Safa vice-presidency position. He will remain as Orlando Pirates chairperson.

Now Sascoc president Gideon Sam has asked for a meeting with Khoza to find out whether he has been approached.

“We must take out the mystery over the nominations. We don’t want to see them happening behind closed doors,” said Sam this week.

“We need to sit down as administrators and discuss, among other issues, if he was approached to stand for presidency. There is nothing wrong if he wants to stand.”

Sam said he wanted the meeting to take place before Tuesday’s Sascoc board meeting.

Sam’s move follows frenetic behind-the-scenes moves that led to an SABC report that Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy was behind a move to oust Sam.

The report also quoted former National Olympic Committee of South Africa secretary-general Dan Moyo saying representatives from high profile federations should be at the helm of Sascoc.

Sam was former president of Swimming South Africa.

“The leadership is drawn from minority sports like korfball that are not significant in bringing medals to South Africa. I don’t know, they get there because of their connections,” said Moyo.

This led to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula calling Sascoc to a meeting where he admonished them and asked them to keep their affairs inside the boardroom.

Mbalula’s spokesperson, Paena Galane, confirmed that the minister would attend Tuesday’s meeting. He said the minister would reiterate his call to the Olympic governing body that public spats must not precede the preparations for the London Games in July.

Two highly-placed sources in sports circles told City Press that Reddy, boxing promoter Rodney Berman, former Safa chief executive Raymond Hack and Sascoc board member Mubarak Mahomed were among those who felt Khoza would be the right candidate to replace Sam.

The thinking is that after what Khoza has done to put the PSL in the pound seats, he would be ideal to turn Sascoc – which has 73 sports federations as members – into a “supreme” sports body.

The sources claimed the grand plan was for Khoza to take over as chairperson of the National Lotteries Board Distributing Agency for Sport and Recreation, a position held by Sam until recently. Should this happen, the funds distributed by this agency would be channelled to Sascoc who would disburse them to the federations.

When approached this week, Khoza said: “I am meeting a very senior Sascoc official. I can’t respond as he will give me a sense of what the issues are.”

Golden Gloves Promotions boss Berman said: “If given the platform, I will punt for Khoza. He is knowledgable when it comes to sports administration and his profile is also boosted by the international reputation he enjoys.”

Reddy’s response: “Like any election year, people will speculate. The elections don’t affect me. I am just an employee of Sascoc.”

Former Safa vice-president Mahomed said, “I am a board member of Sascoc and I am not there to canvass for anyone. I was never involved in any discussions whatsoever with Khoza.”

Raymond Hack, former chief executive of Safa, said: “I don’t have a say except that I believe Khoza deserves credit for what he has done for football in this country.”

The National Lotteries Board distributed more than R417?million to sports bodies between 2007 and 2011.
A Sascoc board member, who asked to remain anonymous, said former Sascoc president Moss Mashishi, who was ousted by Sam, was also likely to make a comeback to Olympic House.

Mashishi, who was at the helm of Sascoc from 2004 to 2008, said: “It’s pure speculation. I
have not been approached for a possible comeback.”

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