'I was stabbed in the back'

2011-02-02 08:01

Johannesburg - South African Football Association chief executive Leslie Sedibe quit because of bad blood, reports the Sowetan.

The 12-month marriage between SAFA and its chief executive Leslie Sedibe ended acrimoniously on Tuesday following allegations of a power struggle among the federation's top brass.

A gatvol Sedibe tendered his resignation on Tuesday morning after complaining about SAFA's failure to protect him after reports that some senior members were after his position.

"There have been people who talked bad things about me and the environment was no longer conducive for me to work there," said Sedibe yesterday.

"The environment at SAFA made it difficult for me to continue serving the federation to the best of my ability."

  revealed that Sedibe is unhappy that SAFA failed to act swiftly after certain senior Football Transformation Forum (FTF) leaders continuously bad-mouthed him.

FTF is the body that the current SAFA leadership used to campaign for the elections that saw Irvin Khoza and Danny Jordaan withdraw from contesting the position of president. leading to Kirsten Nematandani being elected unopposed as president.

Some FTF leaders have been circulating strongly worded e-mails describing Sedibe as a bad SAFA administrator. Sedibe hit back, saying he was aware that a certain FTF leader, whose name is known to Sowetan, was behind the smear campaign to embarrass him.


  • Allin - 2011-02-02 08:34

    If his blood is bad why doesn't he see a doctor?

      Blackpride - 2011-02-02 08:40

      Probably the same reason you don't see a shrink even though your head is bad.

      Gore - 2011-02-02 08:50


      blunderbuss - 2011-02-02 09:14

      ....I was having a bad morning until I read the comment. Priceless indeed!

      Will99 - 2011-02-02 10:18


  • ehlonyane - 2011-02-02 08:34

    It was obvious that Sedibe did not leave SAFA on good terms and it is typical of that organisation. While you still have people like Dennis Mumble, Chief Nonkonyane and the lapdog Nematandani, no CEO will ever succeed in SAFA. Just like the SABC.

  • Real_Issue - 2011-02-02 08:49

    What goes around comes around. He used Winnie Madikizela and actress wife to force himself into many positions meant for matured and experienced poeple and now the wheel has turned. Its sad they treated him that way but he should slow it down and let elderly matured poeple lead while he learns along. Unfortunately he could not even start a single party as he promised. I wish him luck if he is trying through other politicians to become the new SABC CEO

  • tokora - 2011-02-02 09:01

    unfortunetly we can't see the knife bro!

  • Jim - 2011-02-02 09:56

    How long do you think it will take you to die.

  • Fikile - 2011-02-02 10:07


  • Will99 - 2011-02-02 10:19

    Welcome to SAFA! Here are no friends!

  • roboman1 - 2011-02-02 10:30

    Football is rotten to the core, as is cricket these days. Non qualified people administrating mega millions does not work. And then, in the case of cricket, political populists also get support from ANC govt. ministers, which just further aggravates the problem. Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika

  • Sive - 2011-02-02 12:05

    Surely he was aware that he was just benchwarmer for a DannyJordan guru or camp. I have been waiting for this because it was clear from onset. May be Chief/Prince/King Mwelo Nonkonyane will take the position MHHHHH Shem.

  • Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-02 12:07


      Phakamani - 2011-02-02 16:45

      Your locomotive of thought is outdated.

  • Gatvol - 2011-02-02 12:32

    Stop complaining ashole It’s time to leave little boy ’ charity work is waiting for you at Kgabalatsane where you come from

  • Theuns - 2011-02-02 14:10

    Hoe meer droog jy maak hoe meer word jy in die rug shame man!

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