#Fifagate: Molefi Oliphant to address the media

The centre of SA’s link to the Fifa corruption saga will face the media at noon today.

Former Safa president Molefi Oliphant. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The man at the centre of South Africa's link to the Fifa corruption scandal, former South African Football Association (Safa) boss Molefi Oliphant, will face the media today.

This follows Fifa President Sepp Blatter's shocking announcement on Tuesday night that he was resigning from the football body.

Safa has confirmed that Oliphant will be present at a noon press conference, called by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, along with the 2010 local organising committee.

A 2008 letter from Oliphant to Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke came to light on Tuesday in which Safa requested $10 million, that should have come to South Africa for the hosting of the 2010 tournament, be directed to a development project in the Caribbean, controlled by the now disgraced former Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) boss Jack Warner.

In issuing notice for today's briefing Mbalula has said that the government and Safa would fully address allegations surrounding the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Blatter, whose resignation after 17 years was met with shock on Tuesday night, said Fifa needs a profound restructuring that he has not been able to achieve during his tenure.

"Although the members of Fifa have given me the new mandate, have re-elected me president, this mandate does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football; supporters, clubs, players, those who inspire life in football," he said.

At the same time, Blatter's sudden resignation has been met with mixed reaction from soccer experts back home.

Marks Maponyane said another term would have damaged his integrity.

"Why are these presidents hanging in there? It shows you that obviously somebody is benefitting. There must be something, where there's smoke there's fire."

Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey said Blatter has made a considerable contribution to African football.

"He's done well for African football and that's why he won the vote. Obviously these people in Europe are wanting him out so that they can have their so-called power. I don't actually know if it will be good for African football."