The South African Football Association have suspended vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana for suggesting Bafana coach Gordon Igesund should resign if he does not at least reach the final of next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Nonkonyana will face a Safa disciplinary hearing towards the end of next week where he could, at worst, be expelled from the association.
Igesund was clearly angered by Nonkonyana’s comments as the national team coach returned from Bafana’s visit to Morocco this week, describing as “nonsense” that he had any sort of mandate regarding the 2014 CHAN.
And Safa president Danny Jordaan has now given the clearest indication yet that he is ready to give his backing to Igesund for the future, by taking immediate action and suspending Nonkonyana from his duties.
Nonkonyana appeared to have achieved a major political victory in the Safa presidential elections at the end of last month, when he managed to get himself on the vice-presidential lists of both candidates for president, Jordaan and Mandla Mazibuko.
This meant that Nonkonyana, who also served under Kirsten Nematandani, was guaranteed to be re-elected as vice-president before the voting even took place. Within weeks, however, he has placed his position in the association in jeopardy.
Bafana, meanwhile, are expected to play two international friendlies next month, in Swaziland and Namibia, as Igesund begins final preparations for CHAN. - Saturday Star