Safa war

2013-09-01 14:00

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Jordaan frontrunner in race for presidential hot seat

Danny Jordaan appears to be the favourite to become the SA Football Association (Safa) president at the association’s elective annual general meeting on September 28.

This is based on the nomination pattern that emerged from forms submitted to auditing firm KPMG this week.

According to our information, Jordaan garnered 32 regional nominations plus one associate member, translating to 129 votes, as each region carries four votes.

Safa has 52 regions.

Premier Soccer League chairperson Irvin Khoza was nominated by 18 regions and three associate members, which would have given him 72 votes plus the league’s six, if they voted as a block, which translates to a total of 81.

Khoza has however, declined his nomination and did not sign the nomination forms of those who chose him.

He released a statement on Friday announcing 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”.

Vice-president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko, who had said his group was canvassing Khoza to stand, polled a single region and the SA Schools’ Football Association, the associate member he presides over. This would translate to five votes.

No one nominated the incumbent president, Kirsten Nematandani, meaning he is already out.

But City Press received information that he was not very happy and questioned why his name was not on the list, as there was a region that insisted they had nominated him.

Yesterday, Nematandani retorted: “I don’t want to comment until I have finished the processes that I am going through. That’s all I can say right now.”

He refused to answer any further questions, including that he wanted to confirm with the said region as well as with KPMG, where the forms were sent, whether his name was not omitted by mistake.

Nematandani, who emerged as a surprise victor in 2009 after Khoza and Jordaan pulled out of the race, had proclaimed that he wanted a second term so that he could “continue with my legacy and properly implement my technical master plan”.

An anonymous SMS calling for the second term was circulated to members last month.

It read: “Thru innovative ideas, supported by Mzansi people, the collective SAFA leadership led by President Kirsten Nematandani, the only SAFA President who declined a salary bcos he in non-executive, hosted, @ short notice, sucesfuly, 4rm 19Jan-10Feb 2013 African Cup of Nations. This SAFA colective should b voted in 2 ensure continuity, unity, integrity n developpment of SA grasroot football 4ward with the 2nd term.”

The nominations were a culmination of behind-the-scenes lobbying by Mazibuko and his Sofasonke group as well as Jordaan through the Football Transformation Forum, which ushered in the current leadership in 2009.

On Wednesday, Sports24 reported that the 32 regions that nominated Jordaan also proposed Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, Elvis Shishana and Lucas Nhlapo as vice-presidents.

The report also stated that Anastasia Tsichlas, Ria Ledwaba, Nomsa Mahlangu, Norman Arendse, Truman Prince and Xolile Komphela were also on the list of candidates for positions in the national executive committee.

Mazibuko had previously announced that 29 regions supported Khoza’s candidature.

The group had threatened to propose a constitutional amendment that would allow Khoza to stand at last week”s constitutional congress.

But this did not materialise.

Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble said the Independent Electoral Commission had still not responded to Safa’s request that they be in charge of the polls.

Last week’s approved amendments

» The Safa Disciplinary Code

» The regulations on player agents and business managers

» The Safa Code of Ethics (the nominations will be sent to the Safa CEO and not made by the CEO, in accordance with Article 13.7)

» The Safa Electoral Code was also approved. The Independent Electoral Commission will be asked to conduct this year’s elections in accordance with the code instead of the electoral committee as prescribed by the code

» A reduction in the size of the NEC by 2016 or before

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