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Fifa could answer Safa SOS

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Ncobo has accused Safa of “gross violation” of several rules in the Fifa as well as CAF laws by shifting the date of the elections

Fifa's president, Gianni Infantino. Picture: Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP

WORLD football governing body Fifa could be asked to step in to save Safa’s presidential elections later this month.

This was revealed by Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble late yesterday following a dramatic weekend in which Ace Ncobo, the challenger to incumbent Danny Jordaan, claimed the elections on March 24 wouldn’t be possible after the withdrawal of the Electoral Commission (IEC). Mumble has since threatened legal action against the IEC for what he says is a breach of contract between them and Safa. He said the association had still not heard from the IEC even after the electoral body confirmed to the press and Ncobo, in writing, that it would no longer be able to assist Safa.

“We had a scenario during the 2009 elections where both Irvin Khoza and Danny Jordaan stepped down from running for presidency and Fifa had to show us the way forward. We are prepare as Safa to allow them to oversee the elections because it is a must that we have an independent electoral body seeing that one that had a contract has withdrawn for reasons unknown to us, except the candidate,” Mumble explained. “As far as we are concerned, everything is above board and the members had elected the IEC to oversee the process on March 24, but this is no longer the case. They have gone into hiding now and we haven’t heard anything since this claim that the we violated the Safa constitution – yet there is no evidence of this.”

Ncobo has accused Safa of “gross violation” of several rules in the Fifa as well as CAF laws by shifting the date of the elections (from September to March this year), failing to send him the meeting pack as he is now an eligible candidate and supplying him with the audited financial statements of the association.

Mumble maintained that it was a “unanimous decision” by the association members to move the date and not wait until after this year’s Fifa World Cup in Russia because Bafana had not managed to qualify.

@superjourno