CAPE TOWN – SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan is one step closer to being on the Fifa Council (formerly the executive committee).
The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) voted in favour of Jordaan to be their candidate for the elections, which will be convened in Cairo on September 30.
The position became vacant when Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi was caught on camera taking a bribe of $65 000, and he resigned just before the World Cup in Russia, despite denying any wrongdoing.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) have seven spots on the 37-member Council, made up of one vice-president and six others.
While Nyantakyi was a Caf vice-president Constant Omari of DR Congo is also one who is on the Fifa Council.
So that paves the way for Jordaan to have a real chance of getting in, especially since Caf president Ahmad Ahmad said previously that the candidate must come from an English-speaking country.
With regards to the Cosafa vote, president Phillip Chiyangwa stated that the southern African region should support one candidate. Safa said in a statement on Friday that Jordaan went up against Walter Nyamilandu Manda of Malawi and Elvis Chetty of Seychelles.
The three candidates had to make presentations to the Cosafa executive, and Jordaan received eight out of the 14 votes, with Manda getting four and Chetty two.
The 67-year-old Jordaan will now square off against two candidates in the final election in Cairo on September 30: Uganda FA president Moses Hassim Magogo and Leodgar Tenga, a former Tanzania FA president who is a Caf executive committee member.