SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan will not be contesting any of the Confederation of African Football’s elections later this year, putting a halt to his ambitions to join the executive of both Caf and Fifa.
Jordaan was handed embarrassing setbacks in his previous bids to win one of Africa’s seats on the all-powerful Fifa executive as well as a place on the Caf executive.
He also pulled out at the last minute from a bid to become president of Cosafa, the regional body for Southern Africa.
Caf have confirmed that there will be no challengers to the incumbents for the seats that come up for re-election in April. The deadline for the submission of candidates was last week.
That means Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya will retain one of the two seats for Southern African countries.
The Safa boss is also not standing in the election for Fifa seats.
Mohamed Raouraoua of Algeria and Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast face challenges from Tarek Bouchamaoui of Tunisia and Constantin Omari of the Democratic Republic of Congo respectively. The election will be on April 7 at the Caf congress in Cairo.
The winners will only get a two-year term, instead of the usual four years, on the Fifa executive until 2017, when Africa brings in a new system to determine its four representatives on the 23-man Fifa committee.
It will award one seat automatically to the Caf president, one to a representative of Englishspeaking countries, one to a French speaker and one to share between the Arabic and Portuguese-speaking countries.
Jordaan might be keeping his powder dry to attempt a run again in 2017 as there is no English speaker representing Africa on Fifa’s cabinet.
In 2011 the Safa boss stood for both the Caf and Fifa elections but withdrew from the Caf election against Bwalya in a tactical move he though would help his bid for the Fifa post.
But it backfired as Jordaan received just 10 votes from the 53 national members who make up Caf and was handsomely beaten.
– Mark Gleeson