Jordaan heads to Zurich as Safa boss

At a special council meeting Danny Jordaan sidestepped allegations of bribery around the 2010 World Cup.

FILE: SAFA President, Danny Jordaan. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly inaugurated mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Danny Jordaan will be flying to Zurich this afternoon in his capacity as head of the South African Football Association (Safa).

Jordaan was selected by the ANC to lead the troubled metro ahead of the 2016 local government elections, but the ruling party has denied the move was to secure more votes.

At a special council meeting this morning where he was voted in Jordaan steered clear from allegations of bribery around the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

"When you see the appropriate backdrop, you ask the question and don't ask questions and also announce the outcome."

Jordaan says he's well-aware of the daunting challenges he faces as new mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay saying like most South Africans he will have a full time job and a passion.

"You cannot have a situation where residents sleep not on their beds, but under their beds because of gang wars. We must restore peace."

Jordaan also talked tough on corruption and has promised to ramp up the metro's service delivery issues.

However he kept mum on allegations South Africa was involved in a bribe to secure the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

CAF OPPOSES POSTPONEMENT OF FIFA CONGRESS AND ELECTION

The Confederation of African Football is opposed to any postponement of Friday's Fifa Congress and presidential election in Zurich and reiterated its support for Sepp Blatter's candidacy, a statement said on Thursday.

CAF said a meeting of its members, held in the Swiss city on Wednesday, continued to back the under fire Fifa president, who is seeking re-election in a two-man race against Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al Hussein on Friday.

Africa's support for the election to go ahead adds to that of Asia but is opposed by UEFA, European football's governing body, who want it postponed.

"CAF is following with particular attention the events that are occurring at this time in the football family," the statement said in a reference to the dramatic arrest in Switzerland on Wednesday of seven Fifa officials on US corruption charges.

"CAF reaffirms its commitment to work and co-operate in safeguarding the ethical and moral values that underlie the practice of the sport, its organisation and administration.

"Hence our full and ongoing support behind the package of measures driven by Fifa in recent years to improve governance.

"CAF reaffirms its readiness to cooperate in this matter with all institutions that engage and subscribes to a zero tolerance policy."

CAF president Issa Hayatou and two senior members of the organisation's executive committee were named on Wednesday among 10 FIFA executive committee members that Swiss authorities want to question over allegations of vote buying for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

(Additional reporting by Reuters)