Irvin Khoza out of Safa race

2013-08-30 12:00

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Premier Soccer league (PSL) chairperson Irvin Khoza has declined his nomination for the position of South African Football Association (Safa) president.

This leaves Danny Jordaan and Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko in a two-horse race for the September 28 elections.

Safa CEO Dennis Mumble confirmed to City Press that accounting firm KPMG yesterday sent a report to him with three names – that of Khoza, Jordaan and Mazibuko – as the three nominees for the position.

However, there was a note under Khoza’s name that he had not signed the nomination to show that he had accepted it.

This, technically ruled him out.

This morning, Khoza released a statement through the PSL announcing that he “will not be standing in the forthcoming Safa elections due to the clause in the Safa constitution that precludes anyone from holding the Safa president’s position while also holding an interest in a club”.

The statement went on to say: “Dr Khoza explained that when approached to stand he pointed out the issue arising from Article 37.9 (of the) Safa constitution.”

This clause precludes any club chairperson from standing for the Safa president’s position.

Besides being the PSL chairperson, Khoza is also Orlando Pirates chairperson.

The statement quoted Khoza saying: “Where football is involved I do not have the luxury of being a bystander. When approached to serve I am duty bound to give the matter serious consideration. I did indicate, when approached to stand, the limitations brought about by Article 37.9 of the Safa constitution. My standing at this stage will create a negativity that I can’t afford to bring to football.

“I take this opportunity to thank those that approached me to stand. I derive continued strength in their confidence in me and the contribution they believe I make,” Khoza added.

» Read more on this story in City Press on Sunday

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