Jordaan: Eradicate hidden agendas
Safa president Danny Jordaan says it's time for football to come first in South Africa and not hidden agendas.
JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan says it's time for football to come first in South Africa and not hidden agendas.
Jordaan was elected as the new Safa president at the organisation's elective congress at Helderfontein Estate in Midrand on Saturday.
Jordaan, who replaces outgoing president Kirsten Nematandani, beat Mandla 'Shoes' Mazibuko for the top spot by 162 votes to 88.
Speaking to Talk Radio 702's Udo Carelse on Monday morning, Jordaan said the anonymous dossier that was leaked to the sports ministry and South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) earlier this year was an attempt to destabilise Safa.
The dossier made damaging claims of financial mismanagement against Safa. It also spoke about the match-fixing rife not only within Safa but within other PSL clubs in South Africa which eventually sparked the establishment of a presidential commission of inquiry to probe match-fixing.
President Jacob Zuma is yet to announce the date the inquiry will begin.
Jordaan said he still needs to work with the people involved but stressed that those who have tried to undermine SA football should no longer be involved.
"Well I think in this country the laws and all the procedures are well established. If you know of anything untoward we have institutions to deal with these issues. If you don't take it there and you take it to the media then clearly the intention is not to deal with the problem but to smear."
He said if SA's national teams want to be able to compete with the best in the world, there must be a single focus.
"This election was a Safa election and the people who were serving must not serve individual or group interests they must serve football interests. People must work for the benefit and interest of South African football and if they don't then clearly they shouldn't be in football."
He said it's clear from everyone who participated and voted in the congress that they want to see change and improvement in South African football.
Jordaan said he's not surprised he won so easily as more or less the same regions who nominated him in 2009 again supported him.
In the run-up to the elections, Jordaan spoke about rebuilding South African soccer from grass roots level.
Jordaan said Safa has since met with the Congress of Traditional Leaders (Contralesa) to discuss football development in rural areas.
He said the next step is to meet with Contralesa's national leadership on the issue.
He said Safa is one of the few sporting organisations in the world that is expected to deliver playing facilities and said it's important this is done in partnership with government.
"The Minister of Sport is doing a tremendous job in this space but we must work together. I hear of matches taking place all over but we must strengthen our structures. There must be an integrated system. All these players need to be on our database so they can be tracked and supported. They must be part of the talent pipeline leading from the rural areas right to our national teams."
When asked about Gordon Igesund's future with Bafana Bafana, Jordaan said such a decision can't be made in isolation but must be discussed with all other coaches.
"That conversation must be with all the coaches not just with Gordon."