Safa clears the air on Afcon

2012-05-07 13:12

The SA Football Association (Safa) has cleared the air on reports of a “coup” involving the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations chairmanship.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani announced today he had vacated the post to his deputy, Mwelo Nonkonyana, who would act as interim chairperson until a replacement was found before the end of the month.

Nematandani said he could not be a “referee and player” and refuted claims that he had been toppled from the Afcon local organising committee (LOC) chairperson’s post while he was in London, England, last month.

“As Safa president, I can’t report to myself,” Nematandani said. “First option was to have the LOC under Safa before it was decided to be independent.

“Yes, I went to London, but it was after a board meeting where everything was agreed upon.”

The LOC also clarified the much-debated bidding process that saw Cape Town excluded from the five cities that will stage the continental showpiece early next year.

The City of Cape Town had raised queries regarding the costs of hosting matches.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said in a statement last week the city, which boasts the Cape Town Sadium, a 2010 World Cup venue, was “disappointed” not to have been named as an Afcon host.

Nematandani, however, said other cities had produced more enticing bids, with Mbombela, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, eThekwini and Johannesburg getting the nod.

“It was not a blunder to leave Cape Town out,” said LOC chief executive Mvuzo Mbebe. “It was what [other] cities proposed to us as their plans.”

Cape Town was named with Polokwane, Kimberley and Bloemfontein as host cities for the 2014 African Nations Championships (Chan).

“We have no doubt built a good rapport with Cape Town ahead of them hosting Chan,” Nematendani said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.