‘Jordaan, Mum­ble must get the boot’

Afro Voice (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­newage.co.za

IF ACE Ncobo’s state­ments since his nom­i­na­tion for the South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) pres­i­dency are any­thing to go by, par­tic­u­larly in yes­ter­day’s press con­fer­ence, the con­test with Danny Jordaan will be noth­ing but fire­works.

Ncobo held noth­ing back when he de­clared that Jordaan was un­fit to lead Safa, say­ing both Jordaan and CEO De­nis Mum­ble “must go”.

The for­mer ref­eree, who claims that he has re­ceived death threats from un­known peo­ple, fur­ther as­serted that Jordaan is “rap­ing” Safa.

“Af­ter we have pri­vate en­gage­ments (with Jordaan) like a Ramaphosa-Zuma process for a dig­ni­fied exit, we will make fur­ther an­nounce­ments but for now we will de­fend the as­so­ci­a­tion from be­ing raped,” Ncobo said.

“We are tak­ing them on and I am not re­fer­ring to the lead­er­ship of the re­gions. They are not com­plicit in this thing. There are two peo­ple here who are hell-bent on rap­ing the Safa struc­tures. Jordaan and his CEO De­nis Mum­ble. Those are the peo­ple that must leave be­cause they are not good for our foot­ball. They must go home. It is as sim­ple as that,” Ncobo said.

SAFA pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee and for­mer pro­fes­sional ref­eree Andile “Ace” Ncobo has de­clared war on Danny Jordaan and Safa lead­ers for “the rap­ing of the statutes and the or­gan­i­sa­tion”.

Even with­out fund­ing, as he claimed, and the “death threats” that he has re­ceived, Ncobo said at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day in Jo­han­nes­burg that he would fight tooth and nail un­til Safa pres­i­dent Jordaan and CEO Den­nis Mum­ble are out of Safa.

“Af­ter we have a pri­vate en­gage­ments (with Jordaan) like a Ramaphosa-Zuma process for a dig­ni­fied exit, we will make fur­ther an­nounce­ments but for now we will de­fend the as­so­ci­a­tion from be­ing raped,” Ncobo said.

“We are tak­ing them on. And I am not re­fer­ring to the lead­er­ship of the re­gions. They are not com­plicit in this thing. There are two peo­ple here who are hell­bent on rap­ing the Safa struc­tures – Jordaan and Mum­ble. Those are the peo­ple who must leave that build­ing (of Safa House) be­cause they are not good for our foot­ball. They must go home. It is as sim­ple as that.”

The 50-year-old for­mer ref­eree said while he does not har­bour any in­ten­tions of be­ing Safa pres­i­dent, stat­ing that there are bet­ter peo­ple to lead the or­gan­i­sa­tion than him, he only saw Fifa as the or­gan­i­sa­tion that can re­solve the sit­u­a­tion by putting Safa un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ncobo also claimed that he has re­ceived death threats and that he is not afraid to “die for what is right”.

“I have re­ceived mes­sages over the past six to nine months from or­di­nary peo­ple cry­ing out for lead­er­ship.

“Cry­ing out for some­one who is not scared to be the hap­pi­est corpse in the mor­tu­ary as long as he stands for what is right. Re­cently I had to go and open a case be­cause I am re­ceiv­ing death threats from un­known peo­ple.

“As long as they are call­ing, then they are not ready to kill me. Even if they suc­ceed, I will die and be the hap­pi­est corpse in the mor­tu­ary be­cause I would have stood for what is right. I don’t care. I think I have lived a full life. If I die any time, I don’t mind.

“I don’t even have a de­sire to be the Safa pres­i­dent.

“I don’t care about po­si­tions. Fifa, in terms of ar­ti­cles G1, G2 and G3 of the elec­toral code de­rived from the statutes, must place Safa un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion. It is pre­scribed in their elec­toral code.

“There is a vi­o­la­tion and Fifa must in­ter­vene. We are await­ing Fifa de­ci­sion and that is the only de­ci­sion.

“Danny Jordaan must go home,” Ncobo said.

Safa’s head of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Do­minic Chimhavi, when asked to com­ment on Ncobo’s al­le­ga­tions, said: “Write what you want to write!”

Ace Ncobo

BY ALL MEANS: Andile ‘Ace’ Ncobo will fight tooth and nail un­til Danny Jordaan and De­nis Mum­ble va­cate their Safa seats.

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