Jordaan must stop abus­ing power

Nom­i­nee Ncobo says Danny’s time as pres­i­dent is over, he ‘must go home’

The Star Late Edition - - SPORT - MAZOLA MOLEFE

GIV­ING his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Safa statutes, pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Ace Ncobo has ques­tioned the el­i­gi­bil­ity of in­cum­bent Danny Jordaan, ar­gu­ing why he should be re­moved from the game’s top ad­min­is­tra­tive post.

Ncobo held a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day ahead of what is turn­ing out to be a mud­dled build-up to the Safa elec­tions on March 24. There, the for­mer PSL ref­eree and one-time gen­eral man­ager – quite rem­i­nis­cent of his fa­mous ‘foot­ball is rot­ten to the core’ re­marks in 2009 fol­low­ing his dis­missal as PSL GM – said the fol­low­ing of his ri­val for the pres­i­dency:

Jordaan’s term in of­fice ex­pired in Septem­ber last year and he has con­tin­ued in that ca­pac­ity il­le­gally.

Ques­tioned why “dis­graced” au­dit­ing firm KPMG ac­cepted nom­i­na­tions for the Safa pres­i­dency de­spite ter­mi­nat­ing their con­tract with the as­so­ci­a­tion two months ago.

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Claimed that Fifa did not have con­fi­dence in Jordaan to lead the or­gan­i­sa­tion and de­manded that Safa be placed un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

There was more, but Ncobo did not have enough time. He sug­gested he also re­ceived more nom­i­na­tions than Safa had led the pub­lic to be­lieve.

“First of all the statutes say the num­ber of nom­i­na­tions should not be dis­closed. I there­fore can­not say that and then re­veal how many I got, but I will con­firm that I signed sev­eral nom­i­na­tion forms, not just one,” he said, dis­put­ing a press state­ment last month that said Jordaan had amassed 52, Ncobo had only re­ceived a sin­gle nom­i­na­tion.

Ncobo emerged as a con­tender for the Safa pres­i­dency late last month af­ter the Amath­ole re­gion gave him the one nom­i­na­tion that is on the record. But he main­tains he is not in­ter­ested.

“I was hurt­ing and get­ting mes­sages and calls from peo­ple about lead­er­ship in our foot­ball and I felt I needed to do some­thing,” he ex­plained, “I don’t care for po­si­tions, I don’t want to be a Safa pres­i­dent – there are peo­ple bet­ter equipped. What I don’t want to see is Danny Jordaan abus­ing power. He must go home.”

Ncobo is the only pres­i­den­tial can­di­date to be suc­cess­fully deemed el­i­gi­ble to chal­lenge Jordaan, with for­mer Bafana cap­tain Lu­cas Radebe and Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana ‘un­qual­i­fied’ to run for elec­tions. Shakes Mashaba was also pro­hib­ited by the Leg­ends and Masters As­so­ci­a­tion, which he is a mem­ber of.

This is why Ncobo ar­gued Jordaan was abus­ing his power as the cur­rent head of the or­gan­i­sa­tion: “Safa re­ported a R23-mil­lion profit last year, but the re­gions have not re­ceived their monthly grant. Also, how can you ex­pect a re­gion to sur­vive with R35 000 a month for devel­op­ment? What we want is for Safa head of­fice to be tak­ing care of the na­tion – take 90 per­cent of the bud­get to the re­gions and find mul­ti­ple rev­enue streams,” said Ncobo.

On the treat­ment of Radebe and Tokyo Sexwale, yet an­other man who was touted for the Safa pres­i­dency un­til he was also told he, too, does not qual­ify, Ncobo re­marked: “How can one of our best ex­ports and some­one who cap­tained his coun­try and a team in the English Premier League sud­denly be a no­body? He serves in the struc­tures, but their def­i­ni­tion of a struc­ture is the ex­ec­u­tive. We can’t all be in the ex­ec­u­tive, the same one Fifa said must be re­duced, but still isn’t.”

The In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) has since with­drawn from as­sist­ing Safa with its elec­tions later this month, but Mum­ble has said they will go ahead as planned, per­haps with the help of Fifa.



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