Absa Premiership

Move to disqualify Jordaan

2009-09-25 13:05
Danny Jordaan (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has moved to have Danny Jordaan disqualified to stand as president of the SA Football Association (SAFA) when the association elects a new leader on Saturday.

Sapa can confirm the PSL has written to Safa querying Jordaan's eligibility as he is an official employee of Safa.

Sapa's source said: "We have written to Safa to query whether Jordaan is allowed to stand as president as he is an employee of the association. The ball is in Safa's court."

The election is due to take place at Safa's annual general meeting in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, on Saturday morning.

Safa CEO Raymond Hack said on Friday it would be up to the electoral officer to decide if Jordaan is eligible.

Jordaan is going head-to-head with PSL chairman Irvin Khoza for the position as the most influential soccer administrator in the country.

Safa president Molefi Oliphant will stand down after a presidency in which he kept in the background.

He was acknowledged for being a member of the "Three Musketeers", along with Khoza and Jordaan, who delivered the 2010 World Cup.

It will be the first time that the world's greatest soccer showpiece will be played on the African continent.

Khoza is the chairman of the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC), the vice president of Safa, chairman of the powerful PSL and also chairman of one of the country's biggest and most popular clubs Orlando Pirates.

Jordaan is the chief executive officer of the 2010 LOC. He is also a former ANC Member of Parliament and stood down from his job as Safa CEO to manage the World Cup.

World controlling body Fifa and its president Sepp Blatter have urged Oliphant to stay on until after the World Cup final and to delay the elections to ensure continued smooth preparations for the soccer showpiece.

But Oliphant refused Fifa's request.

However, delegates on Saturday could call for the election to be postponed and if that is agreed then that would pave the way for Oliphant to remain as Safa president.

But insiders reckon that is a long shot with both camps keen to get the presidency issue resolved on Saturday.

Fifa have warned that whoever wins the presidency must stand down from his position on the 2010 LOC committee.

Winning would allow the new president to bask in the World Cup glory and the rewards that will come from Fifa to Safa following a successful tournament.

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