Jordaan eyes radical change

Danny Jordaan (Gallo)
Danny Jordaan (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Newly elected South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan says the development of South African football has to change radically.

Jordaan beat Mandla "Shoes" Mazibuko to the top spot and would replace outgoing president Kirsten Nematandani.

Jordaan garnered 162 votes to the 88 Mazibuko received from the 52 regions.

“It was a tremendous day for South African football,” Jordaan said after the results had been announced.

“I'm very happy I've been give the honour and have accepted gratefully.”

Jordaan served as SAFA CEO from 1997 to 2004 and was largely responsible for South Africa's bids for the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals.

Jordaan said the SAFA elective would work together under his leadership and avoid in-fighting between groups.

“This is a SAFA election, not an election of one group or another.

“All the executive members are elected, so all those people are not in football by chance. They have earned their place.

“The SAFA executive will serve South African football.”

Jordaan said he hoped to improve the coaching situation in South Africa, firstly by increasing their numbers and also improving their qualifications.

“We have almost 2 000 players per coach.

“Let's look at education - you have 2 000 kids in the classroom and the teacher has the lowest qualification, then you expect the students to be the best. It doesn't work like that.”

The development of South African football had to change radically, according to Jordaan.

“The challenge for all of us is the development and reconstruction of South African football.

“Many say we are a football nation but I say we are not.

“Germany is playing 80 000 junior matches over a weekend. Spain is playing 30 000. France is playing 40 000.

“If you find 3 000 matches in South Africa you're doing well. So that's the problem. We have to get the junior leagues going.”

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