Jor­daan in­ter­ested in Fifa coun­cil po­si­tion

CityPress - - Sport - S’BUSISO MSELEKU sm­se­leku@city­press.co.za

By late yes­ter­day, the Coun­cil of South­ern Africa Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions (Cosafa) had re­ceived three let­ters from can­di­dates in­ter­ested in the va­cant po­si­tion on the Fifa coun­cil.

The va­cancy was cre­ated when Ghana Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Kwesi Nyan­takyi re­signed af­ter be­ing caught on cam­era ac­cept­ing a $65 000 (R876 000) bribe.

He was also a Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF) ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber.

Af­ter his res­ig­na­tion on the eve of the World Cup kick-off, CAF pres­i­dent Ah­mad Ah­mad an­nounced in Moscow that the po­si­tion would be con­tested by can­di­dates from English-speak­ing mem­ber coun­tries only.

The elec­tions will be held in Cairo on Septem­ber 30.

On Mon­day, Cosafa pres­i­dent Phillip Chiyangwa of Zim­babwe sent out a cir­cu­lar to all 14 re­gional as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dents stat­ing: “As you well know, the dead­line for sub­mis­sion of nom­i­na­tions for the African An­glo­phone po­si­tion on the Fifa coun­cil is July 20 2018.

“In Fe­bru­ary 2016, we agreed that, should con­ti­nen­tal or world po­si­tions be­come va­cant, Cosafa would first and fore­most sup­port one of its own ... to present a strong can­di­date for the po­si­tion; we should sup­port one can­di­date.”

Yes­ter­day was the dead­line for sub­mis­sions by pres­i­dents of Cosafa mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions who are in­ter­ested in stand­ing for the Fifa Coun­cil po­si­tion.

Cosafa chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue Destombes yes­ter­day told City Press her of­fice had re­ceived three let­ters from in­ter­ested can­di­dates, but she could not di­vulge the names.

“We will make an an­nounce­ment only on Tues­day, which is our dead­line,” she said.

Destombes dis­missed with a laugh in­for­ma­tion re­ceived by City Press that all 14 Cosafa pres­i­dents had raised their hands.

On Fri­day, SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan said: “I have been ap­proached by a num­ber of peo­ple from the con­ti­nent and I have availed my­self.”

Jor­daan had sev­eral failed at­tempts at get­ting into the CAF ex­ec­u­tive and twice the then Fifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (now the coun­cil) dur­ing the reign of Cameroon strong­man Issa Hay­a­tou.

Jor­daan left for Moscow on Fri­day to at­tend the World Cup semi­fi­nals and fi­nal. All Fifa mem­ber coun­try pres­i­dents were in­vited to the matches by Fifa pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino.

Be­fore de­par­ture, Jor­daan re­vealed that Safa had al­ready pledged its sup­port for the Swiss-Ital­ian to have a sec­ond term.

“Pres­i­dent In­fantino’s as­cen­dency to this po­si­tion be­gan un­der cir­cum­stances which pre­sented a ma­jor threat to world foot­ball [and] which brought about the near col­lapse of Fifa,” said Jor­daan.

“Notwith­stand­ing th­ese chal­lenges, he con­fronted th­ese is­sues head-on.”

Jor­daan said that was why Safa had ex­pressed its con­fi­dence that the fu­ture of world foot­ball looked bright un­der In­fantino’s lead­er­ship, and he needed sup­port to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity.

He said the let­ter of sup­port from Safa sent to Fifa sec­re­tary-gen­eral Fatma Samoura was in line with “ar­ti­cle 13 of the elec­tronic reg­u­la­tions for the Fifa pres­i­dency and ar­ti­cle 24, para­graph 1 of the Fifa statutes”.

The Fifa pres­i­den­tial elec­tion will be held at the Fifa congress in Paris on June 5.

In­fantino an­nounced at the start of the World Cup in Moscow that he would stand for a sec­ond term.

Newly elected Safa vice-pres­i­dent Gay Mokoena will be act­ing pres­i­dent dur­ing Jor­daan’s ab­sence.

PHOTO: DENVOR DE WEE / VIS­UAL BUZZ SA

Safa pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan wants the va­cant Fifa coun­cil po­si­tion

PHOTO: MUZI NTOMBELA / BACKPAGEPIX

Phillip Chiyangwa says Cosafa has de­cided to vote as a bloc for CAF and Fifa po­si­tions

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