Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza on Friday confirmed he would not
be contesting for the SA Football Association (SAFA) presidential
elections next month, due to a clause in the national body's
"Where football is involved I do not have the luxury of being a bystander," Khoza said in a statement.
approached to serve I am duty bound to give the matter serious
consideration. I did indicate, when approached to stand, the limitations
brought about by Article 37.9 of the Safa Constitution."
who also serves as chairperson of the Premier Soccer League (PSL), referred
to the clause which prevented anyone from holding the SAFA presidency
while also holding an interest in a local club side.
Region of SAFA raised the matter at a meeting held last Saturday and
wanted clarity on the issue. They claimed it was common practice in
football associations to have club owners serving on the committee and
the matter was put up for discussion at a later date.
With the matter not yet resolved, Khoza could not be considered for the position.
"My standing at this stage will create a negativity that I can't afford to bring to football.
take this opportunity to thank those that approached me to stand. I
derive continued strength in their confidence in me and the contribution
they believe I make."
Incumbent president of SAFA, Kirsten
Nematandani, is expected to face stiff competition for his position at
the September 28 elective congress, after former SAFA chief executive
Danny Jordaan was nominated earlier this week.
On Wednesday, Jordaan was nominated by 32 of the mother body’s 52 regions as their candidate to challenge Nematandani.