Not Again! Where Is SAFA President In FIFA’s Important Meeting?


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed dismay and uneasiness over Danny Jordaan’s absence in the 66th FIFA Congress which kicked off in Mexico City on Thursday.

Mexico’s picturesque and historical capital city will play host to nearly 1,000 very important personalities in world football on Thursday and Friday this week.

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DA Slams SAFA President

According to the opposition party’s spokesman on sports and recreation Solly Malatsi, “This will be the third FIFA meeting Jordaan has missed since the US attorney-general identified two South Africans as co-conspirators in the 2010 World Cup bribery allegations.”

The opposition party’s mouth piece also revealed that Jordaan had already told BBC World Football and New Africa journalist‚ Osasu Obayiywana‚ that he was “very unlikely” to make it to the FIFA congress in Mexico City.

“Obiyaywana also said that responding to the allegations made about an alleged $10m bribe to Jack Warner would be ‘a distraction at this time’ and that he (Jordaan) had been asked by the ANC to concentrate on the August mayoral elections.”

“It is now clear that Jordaan has conveniently abandoned many of his FIFA-related international commitments as SAFA President. It is time for the rest of the leadership of SAFA to initiate a motion of no confidence against Jordaan since he no longer has time to fulfil his obligations, Malatsi asserted.

Malastsi called on the mayor cum South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president to stop using his mayoral obligations as an excuse for his no shows at FIFA meetings and to neglect his SAFA duties.

Jordaan played significant roles in South Africa’s 2010 FIFA World Cup bid. He is also the executive mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the Eastern Cape.

Meanwhile, other African countries’ football head are currently in Mexico city for the important meeting. Report says the 66th FIFA Congress will start at 9.30am Mexico time on Friday, at the Centro Banamex.

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The meeting will also see that its 209 Member Associations deliberate on how best to speed up governance reforms approved by the Extraordinary Congress of February, 26 2016 and FIFA’s plans to enhance football development.

Importantly, Friday’s Congress will be the first to be presided over by FIFA’s new President, Gianni Infantino, who elected at the Extraordinary Congress of February 26. It would also be the first meeting under the revised FIFA Statutes that came into effect on April 27.