The South African Football Association (Safa) has skilled one of the tumultuous weeks as native soccer stakeholders voiced their outrage over the present administration, main as much as the presidential elections on June 25.
Former Safa vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana additionally didn’t mince his phrases, declaring that every one the previous and present Safa directors who’ve labored with under-fire incumbent Danny Jordaan, together with himself, should shoulder the blame for the morass bedevilling the nationwide soccer affiliation.
Jordaan has been accused of corruption and maladministration at Safa and has been embroiled in quite a few controversies through the years.
He just lately got here below hearth from the presidents of a number of Safa areas, together with chief adversary Solly Mohlabeng of Safa Tshwane, who wrote to the affiliation questioning the process and legality of the March 26 congress.
“The football fraternity that has worked closely with Jordaan, myself included, are to blame for the current state of affairs, whereby rules and regulations governing the association, especially with regard to elections, are not been respected,” stated Nonkonyana.
The Eastern Cape-based conventional chief served as Safa vice-president for 2 phrases and was chair of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and 2014 African Nations Championship native organising committees, however was allegedly eliminated after a fallout with Jordaan.
Safa communications head Mninawa Ntloko stated he was unable to reply to Nonkonyana’s allegations, which he stated had been “serious” and he must seek the advice of Jordaan and the Safa’s authorized staff. He additionally requested for written questions.
“The president is in Nambia for the Cosafa Congress and it would be difficult to get hold of him, he is in meetings as we speak, but because it is late on a Saturday, I will have to speak to our lawyers before responding.”
Said Nonkonyana: “When I used to be inside I believed Danny [Jordaan] was a principled soccer official, we put soccer and its growth first. Now it’s a case of rallying round personalities. I headed the Football Transformation Forum (FTF) just because we realised that we can’t enable a person to dictate, as a lone voice, how soccer have to be run.
“We were suspended and made the fall guys together with Kirsten [Nematandani, the
former president of Safa], we were scapegoats when allegations of the fixing of friendly Fifa Confederations Cup matches leading up to the 2010 World Cup surfaced.”
“Our dream to give every one of the 52 regions R1-million from the proceeds of the Fifa 2010 World Cup Legacy Fund for development and the setting up of regional offices never materialised. I have written to former sports minister Tokozile Xasa and the current minister Nathi Mthethwa voicing my concerns about how football is run, to no avail.”
Former nationwide staff members lambasted Jordaan and his govt committee. The involved group, which Nonkonyana agrees with, helps long-serving girl soccer administrator Ria Ledwaba, who can also be the Safa vice-president, for the presidency.
Former legendary Banyana Banyana midfielder Portia Modise additionally referred to as for change, with 1996 Afcon legends Lucas “Rhoo” and Doctor “16V” Khumalo as they consider Safa officers should not serving the pursuits of soccer and have overstayed their welcome.
Nematandani declined to discuss the present turmoil.
Safa’s suspended vice-president and CEO Gay Mokoena stated due to his pending case towards Safa, he can’t remark concerning the present soccer management as suggested by his authorized staff.
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