- SAFA president Danny Jordaan is one step closer to fulfilling his dream of sitting on the powerful FIFA council
- COSAFA has given its backing to Jordaan to fill Africa’s vacant seat what is in effect FIFA’s cabinet
- Jordaan will now compete for the votes of other African regions when CAF meets on 30 September
South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan is one step closer to fulfilling his long-held dream of sitting at the powerful FIFA council. The vacancy at what is effectively FIFA’s cabinet arose due to the resignation of Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi.
The Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) has given its backing for Jordaan to represent the region at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) general assembly in Egypt later this month.
The 54 members which make up CAF will vote on a replacement for Nyantakyi on 30 September. Nyantakyi resigned under a cloud of suspicion after he was caught accepting a large financial gift in an undercover operation.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Nyantakyi denied any wrongdoing and said he was resigning for the good of African football not because he was guilty of anything. He has since resigned from his position as CAF vice president and boss of Ghana’s football association.
Sport24.com reported that COSAFA which has 14 member nations endorsed Jordaan as its candidate at the CAF general assembly. The body hopes that by backing one candidate that person stands a better chance of receiving the backing of CAF.
Jordaan is expected to come up against Nick Mwendwa of Kenya and Leodegar Tenga of Tanzania in the race to fill the vacancy.
COSAFA member nations are not compelled to back Jordaan once voting starts.
Jordaan faces a possible backlash at the CAF meeting because he controversially broke ranks with other CAF nations and did not back Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Jordaan publicly admitted that he had voted for the winning bid which came from Mexico, Canada and the United States.
Jordaan’s reputation has also been tarnished by persistent rumours which link him to bribes paid to top FIFA officials in return for voting in favour of South Africa hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Jordaan has denied any involvement in the scandal which rocked FIFA and thus far no credible evidence proving otherwise has surfaced.
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