Danny tries again for CAF post
DESPITE failing at the first attempt, South African soccer administrator Danny Jordaan still dreams of serving on the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football.
Jordaan will challenge for the vacant CAF executive committee position, which the continental mother body has agreed will be contested exclusively by administrators from southern Africa.
It means southern Africa will have four representatives on the executive, including former Safa president Molefi Oliphant, Zambian legend Kalusha Byalwa and Seychelles businessman Suketo Patel, whose term on the executive committee is coming to an end.
Patel will remain deputy to CAF president Issa Hayatou.
Times Media has it on good authority that three other top administrators in the region, including the powerful John Muinjo, president of the Football Association of Namibia, are planning to run against Jordaan.
The others known to be interested in the position are Faizel Sidat, president of the Football Association of Mozambique and Ahmad Ahmand, president of the Malagasy Football Association.
At its last executive committee meeting two weeks ago, Safa national executive committee members asked Oliphant to lead the Jordaan campaign in terms of lobbying for support on the continent.
Attempts to speak to Jordaan, who is also the deputy president of Safa.
A Safa executive committee member, who attended the meeting, said Oliphant was asked to assist Jordaan because the soccer administrator- cum-businessman was highly respected in the game.
“It is a one-man team to lobby for Danny ahead of the elections in Morocco in March next year, but Oliphant has been given permission by Safa to co- opt any executive committee member to assist him if there is a need to add more people.”
This will be the second time that Jordaan, who was haed of the local organising committee for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, will be challenging for a CAF position. Last year, Jordaan received 10 votes from 53 national members who make up CAF during the elections which also doubled-up for Fifa’s executive committee.
Algerian Mohamed Raouraoua won the election with 39 votes and Ivory Coast’s Jacques Anouma was second with 35 votes.