Jordaan: Safa needs me more than Afcon

Losing Afcon seat is ‘water under the bridge’. Now the plan is to get to Brazil.

After failing yet again to garner a seat on the CAF executive committee, football administrator Danny Jordaan says he now wants to channel all his efforts on fixing South African football.

The 2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee chief executive lost by four votes (23 to 27) to Ahmad Ahmand of Madagascar in last weekend’s elections in Morocco.

Jordaan said he didn’t want to dwell too much on football politics, adding he would rather concentrate on resurrecting SA football.

“What happened there is water under the bridge. I think African football will be better after the 2015 Fifa presidential elections,” he said without elaborating.

He could not say whether he would stand again in 2015. “That is a collective decision and the association (SA Football Association, Safa) will have to make a call on who, if anyone, should go.”

Jordaan, who holds the post of 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust chairperson, said there were pressing issues at home that needed his attention.

He said the first thing was to make sure Bafana Bafana were on track for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

He said: “We have to win next week’s game (against Central African Republic) and win convincingly. I am convinced we have a team to do us proud and the coach has given hope and certainty to the players.”

But Jordaan said it was important to get the basics right by first fixing the development programme.

“This is where we need to engage former players to come in because of their experience.?The problem is that they all want to see themselves at Bafana (level),” he said.

According to him, the biggest challenge facing local football was how competitions were structured as there was a gap between regional and national events.

“We must set up a structure that looks at competitions from regional to provincial tournaments and have headquarters in all the provinces. We cannot expect our players to move directly from regional to national tournaments.”

He explained that this could also help minimise the number of Safa national executive committee members, as provincial representatives would have to focus solely on provinces.

Safa currently has 36 executive members.

Jordaan said: “We also need to have efficient administrators at all levels of the association.

“Regions are already guaranteed to get R500?000 annually and this should be used towards developing administrators and referees.”

Jordaan was also critical of the lack of competitions in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, saying this had a negative impact on junior teams.

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