Race for SAFA head takes dramatic turn

Irvin Khoza says he will not stand for election due to a clause in the SAFA Constitution.

Orlando Pirates' Irvin Khoza. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The race for the South African Football Association (SAFA) presidency has taken a dramatic turn with Irvin Khoza announcing he will not be standing for the position.

The SAFA constitution precludes anyone from holding the position of SAFA president whilst also holding an interest in a club.

The Orlando Pirates boss says he had to turn down approaches from members for him to stand due to this clause and also because he does not want to create any negativity.

"Where football is involved I do not have the luxury of being a bystander. When approached to serve I am duty bound to give the matter serious consideration. I did indicate, when approached to stand, the limitations brought about by Article 37.9 of the SAFA Constitution. My standing at this stage will create a negativity that I can't afford to bring to football."

Meanwhile, incumbent SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani has indicated his desire to stay on as president.

Nematandani believes he will have more success in the post if his contract is extended.

Nematandani was elected unopposed as SAFA president in 2009.

The election for the presidency will be held during SAFA's general meeting in Johannesburg on 28 September.