- SAFA president Danny Jordaan lost out in his bid to secure a seat at the powerful FIFA Council
- Jordaan was beaten in the election by rogue candidate Walter Nyamilandu from Malawi on Sunday
- Nyamilandu refused to comply with COSAFA wishes and stood for election during the special sitting of the CAF congress in Egypt
South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has once again failed in his bid to secure a seat at the powerful FIFA Council. The council serves as the cabinet of the world footballing body and is responsible for making decisions about the future of the game of football.
Jordaan was beaten by rogue candidate Walter Nyamilandu from the Malawian Football Association during a special sitting of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) congress in Egypt on Sunday.
Nyamilandu refused to comply with COSAFA’s wishes and stood for election during the special sitting. This despite the Southern African region publicly backing Jordaan and selecting the SAFA boss as its preferred candidate.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Jordaan faced an uphill battle to secure the required votes, particularly from the northern regions of Africa, after he voted to award the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the so-called United bid rather than Morocco.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Nyamilandu quickly drummed up support as the anti-Jordaan candidate and received a significant boost when CAF president Ahmad backed the Malawian.
Ahmad has been on something of an anti-Jordaan and SAFA drive since Jordaan voted in favour of the United bid (Mexico, Canada and America) to host the 2026 World Cup. Ahmad had been lobbying support for Morocco’s bid since taking office more than two years ago.
SAFA’s vote for the North American bid was seen as nothing less than traitorous by Ahmad.
Jordaan has tried and failed three times to secure a seat at the all-powerful FIFA Council which carries with it not only the weight and responsibility of guiding the path of football but also comes with immense perks, privileges and a celebrity-like lifestyle.
The African seat at the council became vacant after Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned earlier this year following an undercover sting operation by a journalist in which Nyantakyi accepted a large cash gift.
Nyantakyi denied his resignation implied his guilt.
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