Johannesburg - The southern African soccer region endorsed Danny Jordaan, the 2010 World Cup's head organiser, for a place on the FIFA
Council left open when Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned under allegations of
The Council of Southern African Football Associations
(COSAFA) said after a meeting on Friday that Jordaan will be its preferred
candidate when Africa's 54 full member countries vote at a Confederation of
African Football general assembly in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on September 30.
Ghana's Nyantakyi, who also resigned as a CAF vice president
and head of the Ghana soccer association, is under investigation by FIFA after
he was filmed by undercover reporters allegedly taking a $65 000 cash gift,
which is prohibited.
COSAFA, a body made up of 14 countries, endorsed the
67-year-old Jordaan, the president of the South African Football Association,
ahead of Walter Nyamilandu of Malawi and Elvis Chetty of Seychelles. Those 14
southern African nations aren't compelled to vote for Jordaan, however.
Nick Mwendwa of Kenya and Leodegar Tenga of Tanzania, who
are from the East African region, have also said they will stand for the FIFA
position, which is reserved for a representative from Africa's English-speaking
Jordaan's reputation has been diminished since presiding
over a successful first World Cup in Africa as head of South Africa's
organizing committee. He was accused of involvement in a $10 million bribe
South Africa allegedly paid to corrupt FIFA executives to get them to vote for
the country's hosting bid.
Last year, a South African singer accused Jordaan of raping
her in 1993.
Jordaan has denied both accusations.
Jordaan is a member of the CAF executive committee but
pulled out of a vote for a place on the FIFA Council last year.
Then, Nyantakyi beat Tenga to the place, one of seven set
aside for African officials on FIFA's 37-member top panel.
At Friday's meeting, COSAFA also put forward its own
president, Phillip Chiyangwa of Zimbabwe, as a candidate for the CAF executive
committee to replace Kalusha Bwalya. Bwalya was banned from soccer for two
years by FIFA last month over payments he received from the disgraced former
Asian soccer leader Mohammed bin Hammam.
Chiyangwa, a multimillionaire property tycoon renowned for
his flashy lifestyle, has had a rapid rise after entering soccer politics only
three years ago. He was elected Zimbabwe Football Association president in 2015
and COSAFA head the year after.
Chiyangwa was also instrumental in helping current CAF
president Ahmad end the 29-year reign of Issa Hayatou as the boss of African
soccer last year.