Jordaan gets cold feet

2011-12-09 13:24

Johannesburg - SAFA vice-president Danny Jordaan withdrew his candidacy at the very last minute for the position of president of COSAFA on Friday.

Jordaan was due to stand against current incumbent Suketu Patel, a vice-president of CAF, but withdrew just as voting was due to commence.

Provisional estimates suggested Jordaan would get only around four votes from the 14 members that make up COSAFA and it is believed he took his name out of the hat rather than go through the embarrassment of another defeat having been left in last place in voting for a place on the CAF Executive Committee at the CAF Congress in Sudan in February.

Jordaan was a key figure in organising the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but has had his attempts to raise his profile globally stifled since then.

He remains a vice-president of SAFA, but the suggestion has been put forward that he is only using that position to try and win a place on the CAF and Fifa executives.

Meanwhile, COSAFA vice-president Salemane Phafane from Lesotho stood unopposed for re-election to his role.

David Fani (Botswana), Walter Nyamilandu Manda (Malawi), John Muinjo (Namibia), Timothy Shongwe (Swaziland) and Faizel Sidaet (Mozambique) were elected to the positions on the COSAFA executive.

Fani is the only new recruit, having taken over from Zimbabawe’s Wellington Nyatanga.


  • Dennis - 2011-12-09 14:34

    Hey Danny, very difficult to graduate to the big pond after being the big fish in the little pond !!

  • Craig - 2011-12-09 15:24

    Why did he wait until the last minute, was he told to stand down, something stinks here.

  • david.lebethe - 2011-12-09 16:51

    "Little America(n)" tag played a big role in determining Danny's candidacy so is our general attitude towards our brethens in the Continent.

  • gomolemo.tshwaro - 2011-12-09 17:43

    The problem here danny boy is you are no match for the Duke, you can all gang up against him but you'll never be like him. You and your safa stinks and you're taking us back instead of forward. Now you cant even stand for presidency because there is nobody to buy, no, you dont know who to buy you bloody eunuch.

  • Bob - 2011-12-09 18:02

    Danny has always had an arrogance around him which was never going to endear him to ordinary folk. Right back to the years of negotiations he attracted only other arrogance in the sporting frederations eg cricket - no names required.

  • Aphiwe - 2011-12-10 08:11

    Danny is ambitious just like every other executive out there and to hold that against him is just wrong. Damn not a single South African in thai COSAFA executive committee, after doing such a awsome job on the world cup. It is clear when your contributions are not needed. Australia left Oceania and joined Asia maybe we should seriously relook our position in COSAFA. At the moment its useless being a member we are not part of the descision making.

      Peter - 2011-12-10 08:40

      We are too corrupt even for FIFA and that says it all,a bunch of gangsters from the top to the overpaid useless players in south africa

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