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'SA handled Fifa elections poorly'

Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy says criticism is expected after the way the Fifa elections were handled.

Tubby Reddy of Sascoc. Picture: Barry Aldworth/Backpagepix.

JOHANNESBURG - Tubby Reddy, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) CEO, has admitted to Eyewitness News that South Africa dealt with the recent Fifa presidential election poorly.

After the election last month, questions were asked by political parties, other sporting federations and even members of the public as to why South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan did not attend the extraordinary congress in Zurich.

Reddy has told EWN that criticism towards Safa is expected after the way the Fifa presidential elections were handled.

Jordaan was expected to cast the country's vote, but opted to stay in Port Elizabeth to attend to what were described as "pressing matters" in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro where he serves as mayor.

Reddy says Jordaan's presence in Zurich was necessary.

"If you have a candidate from the country standing for elections and you're not there as the Safa president, most certainly people are going to speculate."

Instead it was Safa CEO Dennis Mumble and NEC member Anastacia Tsichlas that represented Safa.

Reddy says Jordaan's absence has damaged South Africa's brand of football and did no favours for South Africa's image.

"Historically, the president of Safa has been at these things so why is there now suddenly a 'no show'? If you talk about a candidate from this country, who couldn't swing the African vote, you'd expect that Safa would have given him that backing."