Cosafa job: Jordaan unavailable

2011-12-10 00:00

AFTER being heavily linked with the position earlier in the week, SA Football Association (Safa) vice-president Danny Jordaan yesterday declared himself unavailable for the position of president of Cosafa, the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, just minutes before the voting process was due to take place.

Jordaan was due to run against the vice-president of the African football federation (CAF), Suketu Patel, but it was reported yesterday that an early indication that Jordaan will receive only about four of the 14 votes apparently prompted him to declare himself unavailable.

Speaking to Weekend Witness yesterday, Jordaan denied this was the case.

“I was approached by countries in the region and was asked to make myself available,” he said.

“It was clear to me that it was going to a very close race and that if I had won it would have been by one or two votes.”

Jordaan said that being voted into presidency by such a small margin would be indicative of the lack of unity within the organisation.

“It shows that there is a split …” he added. “It means that the organisation is not ready for transformation, and when that is the case, it is best to withdraw.”

Jordaan, who in February failed in an attempt to be voted onto CAF and Fifa executive committees, is set to continue in his role as Safa vice-president and said that he would probably not pursue the Cosafa presidency again.

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