The Democratic Alliance has accused South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan of being “missing in action” again – this time by not attending the FIFA elective congress in Zurich.
DA spokesman on sports and recreation Solly Malatsi said the party was deeply concerned that Jordaan was shunning his responsibilities as SAFA president.
“His failure to represent SAFA at one of the most important congresses in the sport’s history raises serious questions in the wake of the FBI’s investigation into the FIFA bribery scandal‚” Malatsi asserted.
“Mr Jordaan has now skipped two important successive FIFA meetings since the US Attorney General released the indictment identifying two South Africans as co-conspirators in the 2010 World Cup bribery allegations. This is a blatant dereliction of his position at SAFA.
“The DA is concerned that Mr Jordaan is trying to juggle his responsibilities as part-time mayor and part-time SAFA president‚ ultimately not succeeding in fulfilling his role as either one of these. We demand that he makes up his mind as to what he is‚ pick a position and focus on that‚” Malatsi added.
According to reports‚ Jordaan‚ who also serves as the full time mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro‚ did not go to Zurich after pressing matters stopped him from travelling to the Swiss capital‚ although according to the SA football federation‚ he did plan on attending.