- SAFA president Danny Jordaan is once again bidding to represent Africa at the powerful FIFA Council
- The Council serves as a cabinet to the world football governing body and makes crucial decisions about the game of football
- Jordaan has twice before declared his candidacy but has withdrawn from the race before the vote on both occasions
South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has launched his third attempt to represent the Africa Football Confederation (CAF) at the all-powerful FIFA Council. The Council serves as a cabinet to the football governing body and makes crucial decisions about the game of football.
Jordaan has twice before declared his candidacy but has withdrawn on both occasions before the vote could take place. Jordaan and other candidates are bidding to fill the seat vacated by Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi.
Nyantakyi resigned from the 37-seat council after he was filmed accepting a gift worth an estimated R850 000 from an undercover journalist in what was described as a sting operation. Despite resigning from his position Nyantakyi has maintained that he had not engaged in any illegal activity.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Jordaan’s first hurdle in being elected to the council will come when the regional body Cosafa meets in Johannesburg on 9 September.
Jordaan will come up against the following challengers for the vacant African seat:
• Elvis Chetty, president of the Seychelles Football Association
• Moses Hassim Magogo, president of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations
• Walter Nyamilandu, president of the Football Association of Malawi
• Leodgar Tenga, former Tanzania Football Association president and CAF executive committee member
TimesLive.co.za reported that Cosafa is expected to trim their three candidates (Jordaan, Chetty and Nyamilandu) down to one with the hope of having one strong candidate which will defeat his rival from the other regional body.
Jordaan is currently ranked as an outsider in the race and observers believe that even with Cosafa backing he will struggle to convince member nations that he is the best person for the job.
Jordaan controversially broke ranks with a majority of the African continent when he used South Africa’s vote to back the combined bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
CAF had understandably backed Morocco’s bid to host the tournament but the combined bid won by a resounding margin.
Jordaan said at the time that he had given his vote to the best candidate and did not allow his heart to interfere in that process. That decision might well come back to haunt him unless he can provide a very convincing argument for why it was the right decision.
The CAF meeting where a candidate will be elected is scheduled to take place on 30 September.
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