Jor­daan, Khoza rift laid bare

Cringe­wor­thy slang­ing mars first-round fi­nale

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

TEN­SIONS be­tween the World Cup’s two top lo­cal of­fi­cials erupted into the open yes­ter­day when the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee’s chief ex­ec­u­tive ac­cused the chair­man of wag­ing a war against him.

Af­ter the Mail & Guardian news­pa­per yes­ter­day re­ported his brother was cash­ing in on the World Cup through a hos­pi­tal­ity con­tract, chief ex­ec­u­tive Danny Jor­daan ac­cused chair­man Irvin Khoza of in­sti­gat­ing a “ma­li­cious” smear cam­paign.

“I know about the war he (Khoza) said was com­ing af­ter the World Cup. This cam­paign is against me and now I can­not run or han­dle this event,” Jor­daan told the news­pa­per.

“I know why so many ques­tions are be­ing asked about my brother. This is­sue has noth­ing to do with him.

“I have never in my 17 years in foot­ball taken any money from any­one. All I have is my name and I will not have it tar­nished for ma­li­cious rea­sons – not af­ter I fought so hard for this coun­try.”

Jor­daan and Khoza, who is also chair man of South Africa’s Premier Soc­cer League and the owner of the Jo­han­nes­burg-based Or­lando Pi­rates team, have long had a fraught re­la­tion­ship.

Khoza de­nied ac­cu­sa­tions ear­lier this year that he was plot­ting a coup against the cur­rent lead­er­ship of the South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) which is seen as Jor­daan’s power base.

He was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment on Jor­daan’s al­le­ga­tions of a smear cam­paign.

Khoza failed last year in a bid to be­come Safa pres­i­dent. Jor­daan is still tech­ni­cally the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Safa, al­though he has been work­ing full-time on the World Cup for sev­eral years.

The dis­pute be­tween the men is an em­bar­rass­ing dis­trac­tion for tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers as the open­ing round comes to an end with one of the most highly an­tic­i­pated games so far be­tween Brazil and Por­tu­gal end­ing in a rather bor­ing 0-0 draw.

With Italy and France al­ready out of the tour­na­ment, much of Europe’s hopes will pin on three-time cham­pi­ons Ger­many and Eng­land, an­other for­mer win­ner.

Af­ter scrap­ing through to the last 16 on Wed­nes­day, the two are now sched­uled to face off in the Free State cap­i­tal Bloemfontein to­mor­row.

The match will be one of the most heav­ily po­liced of the tour­na­ment with pre­vi­ous fix­tures hav­ing at­tracted large num­bers of hooli­gans.

The last time the pair met in a ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion a decade ago dur­ing the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships in Bel­gium, the streets of Charleroi were re­duced to a bat­tle zone as more than 500 fans were ar­rested dur­ing two days of vi­o­lence.

“There’s been a bit of an­i­mos­ity be­tween the two teams in the past, and ob­vi­ously we’ll keep that in con­sid­er­a­tion when de­ploy­ing our mem­bers and re­sources,” na­tional po­lice spokes­woman Sally de Beer said.

Mean­while, a World Cup court yes­ter­day post­poned un­til Wed­nes­day the tres­pass case of an Eng­land fan ar­rested for en­ter­ing the team chang­ing room and lec­tur­ing David Beck­ham on the squad’s per­for­mance in last Fri­day’s 0-0 draw against Al­ge­ria.

Pav­los Joseph’s bail was ex­tended. The de­fence is ex­pected to ask for charges to be dropped. – Sapa-AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.