South-Africa

Future of Safa vice-presidents uncertain as election looms

2018-01-28 06:03
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Johannesburg - While Danny Jordaan is expected to be re-elected as president of the SA Football Association (Safa), two vice-presidents might no longer have much time left at the governing body.

According to Safa’s newly amended constitution, there will be four vice-presidents, one of which has to be a woman.

Jordaan is likely to retain his position after the March 24 elections as Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana has been deemed ineligible to contest the elections.

Nonkonyana, a former vice-president of the association, is challenging his expulsion from Safa in court.

His case is scheduled to be heard tomorrow in the Johannesburg High Court.

Although vice-presidents Elvis Shishana and Lucas Nhlapo’s futures have not yet been decided, it appears the Football Transformation Forum (FTF) will show them the door, while third vice-president Xolile Nkompela is expected to keep his job.

FTF secretary-general Mzwandile Maforvane was reluctant to discuss Shishana and Nhlapo’s involvement in FTF matters.

City Press has learnt that they were not part of a meeting of coastal regions held in East London.

“If the regions decide they want them back, then they will be back.

“It is not up to FTF to impose [a way forward] on the regions. Our assumption is that everybody who is part of the FTF is still a member.

"We cannot make decisions now and, unless they declare otherwise, they still remain members of FTF,” Maforvane said.

“If their names are submitted from regional level, they will be eligible.

“I am looking forward to seeing them on the 17th and hope they will attend our meeting.”

The forum will announce its preferred list for the Safa presidency on February 17.

Shishana said he was not after a position in the national executive committee and hinted that he would resign soon.

“I would rather serve in my region than in that committee,” said Shishana.

Nhlapo said he did not attend any forum meetings because he had not been invited to them.

Maforvane said the three vice-presidents would be nominated from the 13 elected national executive committee members.

He said the forum had no preferred candidates at the moment and would leave that process to the regions.

“Our stance is that everybody who has the qualities needed to serve will not be barred from doing so.

“It is not cast in stone that we will have only one woman. If the members want two, then we will have two,” Maforvane said.

. Meanwhile, Nonkonyana has accused Safa of using delaying tactics to sabotage his efforts to unseat Jordaan.

On Friday, Nonkonyana claimed that Safa wanted to delay his unfair dismissal case after the association applied to have the matter postponed again.

Nonkonyana said that, if the case was not heard, he would have no choice but to interdict the elections.

“Safa has not submitted its heads of argument and, for me, this is a ploy to delay the case further. Their lawyers have been trying to get my legal team to agree to postpone the matter,” said Nonkonyana.

He said that, since he began the court process in 2014, Safa had been trying to frustrate him with technicalities.

“If they have nothing to hide or worry about, why are they not filing their heads of arguments?”

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