Jordaan frontrunner in race
Johannesburg - Danny Jordaan has emerged as the frontrunner for the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations’ presidency, with a decision scheduled to be made this Friday, December 9.
The Siya crew has learnt that, with the exception of Zambia and Namibia who are openly against the South African-born football administrator, most of the other countries are backing him as the man who can transform the game and bring it to the next level.
Jordaan’s rival for the position is the Seychelles’ Suketu Patel, who is reportedly remaining confident ahead of Friday’s election.
It comes as a surprise that Zambia are opposed to the South African, as their president, Kalusha Bwalya, has been seen in the past as a friend of SAFA and was even named as one of the 2010 World Cup ambassadors.
According to reliable a source, Bwalya’s reason behind not backing Jordaan stems from the allegations that his wife, Emy Casalletti Bwalya, was snubbed from leading the marketing wing of the 2010 World Cup, a position which she campaigned strongly for.
Instead she found herself sidelined with no role to play in the prestigious soccer showpiece and it has caused Bwalya to strongly and openly campaign against Jordaan.
Despite the attempts from the likes of Bwalya, word from most of the COSAFA members is that Jordaan is the man that will be elected as the new president.