Safa backs Jordaan for top CAF position

2010-10-03 11:46

In a move which could be read as the first step in his ambitious drive for the CAF and Fifa presidency, 2010 World Cup Organising Committee chief executive Danny Jordaan has accepted the secondment by the South African Football Association (Safa) for one of the executive committee positions within the body.

Jordaan will go for one of the positions to be vacated by former Safa president Molefi ­Oliphant, who has not received the backing of the current Safa executive.

The nominations close on ­November 24 with elections scheduled for early next year.

Oliphant had made it clear that he wanted to continue with his position as one of CAF’s vice-presidents.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani confirmed they have nominated Jordaan for one of CAF’s executive posts.

He said there was no better candidate than Jordaan, who was behind the successful staging of the World Cup.

“African football has to compete with the world, and Jordaan’s expertise and experience, will benefit Africa.

“It is unfortunate that we could not nominate two people hence we went for Jordaan only. We want to make sure that his expertise is properly utilised at international level and his competency will benefit the entire continent.”

He said he would engage Oliphant on this issue in the interests of the country.

Nematandani said the fact that a top international sports magazine SportsPro rated Jordaan third on the list of soccer’s 50 most powerful people in the world proved that he deserved to serve CAF.

He also said Oliphant’s contribution to South African football was well-documented, hence he has been made Safa’s honorary president.

There are moves afoot to push Oliphant to be an honorary member of CAF.

Jordaan has made it clear that his ultimate dream is to occupy the biggest position on the continental soccer body before attempting to become the first ­African to assume the Fifa presidency.

With the support of the powerful Cosafa region behind him, Jordaan needs just a few East and West African votes to get into the powerful CAF executive body.

He will then use it as a springboard to manoeuvre his way to his ultimate prize of heading the strong CAF body.

Jordaan has been roped in as a member of the Fifa inspection team travelling to all the countries bidding to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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