Danny Jordaan may or may not have heard the old proverb
"if you take big paces, you leave big spaces."
But whether the SAFA president and newly appointed mayor
of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is familiar with the sentiment involved
or not, his response to widespread criticism of his dual role indicates that he is not in agreement with the
He is wrong. He will become a part-time mayor and a
part-time SAFA president and this will not serve the best interests of either
of the organisations he will now head, particularly as both are presently
embattled with excruciatingly difficult and tricky problems that would seem to
require 100 percent effort and attention.
And the irony of the situation is that it is Jordaan
himself who has transformed what his predecessors at SAFA, Molefi Oliphant and
Kirsten Nematandani, previously handled on something akin to a part-time and
figurehead role to one in which the president now not only seems to be working
full-time, but also in an omnipotent way in which he has taken it on himself to
embrace additional power.
Why hardly a day passes when a subservient PRO organisation does not come out with a
release of one sort or another expounding the views and actions of Jordaan on
all and every item with which SAFA is involved - and, for that matter, on a
whole host of other items only indirectly linked with South African soccer's
Jordaan, it would seem, is not only doing a full-time job at SAFA, but going beyond the norms
that the post requires.
He has stated that he does not receive a salary as such
from SAFA, but that is neither here or there.
What is relevant
is that he is seemingly doing more than a day's work from his sumptuous edifice
at SAFA House, which adjoins the monumental, but under-utilised Soccer City
Now, it would seem, Jordaan will have to revert to a
similar part-time presidential role at SAFA to that Oliphant and Nematandani
filled, while at the same serving the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality a 1 000km
or so away on what, under the circumstances, will also be a part-time role.
Jordaan has said he is confident he can fill both onerous
positions that most feel would test the stamina and ingenuity of two people.
But what about those "big spaces" that will
surely surface for both SAFA and Nelson Mandela Bay in the process?
And all this without even taking into account the dictum
of political neutrality that both the FIFA and SAFA constitutions insist on.