By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
One of the most powerful administrators in South African football Dr. Danny Jordaan is on the verge of getting a second term as SAFA President.
Barring a miracle. Danny Jordaan will be re-elected as the South African Football Association (SAFA) President come March 24, 2018.
A highly distinguished administrator, Dr. Danny Jordaan is on the verge of getting a second term as SAFA President; after ascending to the position in 2013.
It was revealed this week, that two Presidential nominations were received by close of business on 23 February 2018.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) is preparing for the March 24, 2018 Elective Congress to elect new office bearers.
According to KPMG Auditors who received the nominations, a total of 53 nominations were submitted with incumbent SAFA President, Dr. Jordaan receiving 52 nominations. While former referee, Ace Ncobo received 1 nomination.
“The nominations have been forwarded to all SAFA members and going forward, the electoral process will now be exclusively in the hands of the Electoral Committee, in this case, the Independent Electoral Commission.”
The IEC will scrutinise the candidates as mandated by the SAFA Electoral Code to determine compliance in accordance with Article 25 of the SAFA Statutes.
“We shall thereafter inform all Members of the IEC’s decisions following their background and eligibility checks as required by the SAFA Statutes and SAFA Electoral Code,” said SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble.
Daniel Alexander “Danny” Jordaan was born in September 3, 1951, on Port Elizabeth.
Dr. Jordaan is a former lecturer, politician and anti-apartheid activist. He led South Africa’s successful 2010 FIFA World Cup bid, the first successful one for Africa, as well as the country’s unsuccessful bid four years earlier for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and was the Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.
He has served FIFA in numerous capacities, including, as a General Co-ordinator for the Youth World Cup (now FIFA U-20 World Cup), 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan. He was also a match commissioner for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee. He served on the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Organising Committee.
In 1997, he was elected as the Chief Executive Officer of SAFA. He subsequently headed South Africa’s unsuccessful 2006 FIFA World Cup bid, narrowly losing to Germany but gaining great respect internationally for his work. As a consequence, he also led South Africa’s 2010 FIFA World Cup bid, this time successfully.
Jordaan has served on the marketing and television board of FIFA since 1998.
On September 28, 2013, Dr. Jordaan was elected as the new president of SAFA; and succeeding Kirsten Nematandani.
He was elected ahead of Mandla Mazibuko by 162 to 88 votes from 52 regions.