A more serious charge not related to football has emerged that looks as though it will bury the old man’s ambitions, if proven true
I originally intended to write about the national football team’s adventures north of the Limpopo, but the goings on in the Safa boardroom, especially where it concerns the likely change of leadership at that level, are too serious to reduce to a humdrum office roll.
You see, not so long ago Safa’s moneymaker, the national team that is, lost out on a chance to get us front row seats at the Moscow soccer extravaganza starting in June.
Some clever oke in the Safa boardroom summarily latched on to this national misfortune and decided this was as good a chance as any to get the ball rolling for an early leadership election, since the diary for the year was now blank, so to speak, because of the missed chance to land in chilly Moscow.
Well, I for one thought why the heck not?
It might just be the tonic we need to cure this chronic choking that has befallen the national team since Madiba passed away and seemingly took the national charm away with him.
We have not been in a serious competition like the World Cup since the old man went. It’s the second world tournament since his passing some five years ago. We weren’t in the last one in 2014 and we allegedly “bought’’ our way into the one before that which we staged here at home.
The point though, is that having a leadership election on our doorstep was certainly going to be more exciting than twiddling our collective thumbs instead of sulking and giving skulky looks at the TV because our favourite team is not among the best on the parade. So preparations were done to have that all-important annual general meeting at Safa.
Soon as the election process was announced, little men in grey suits crept out of all corners of the Safa complex and put their hands up for the prize on offer; namely the Safa presidency.
I perhaps, like everybody else, assumed that the incumbent; Daniel Jordaan had spent about 21 years at the Safa head office and had in that time achieved some remarkable feats for a local. His total involvement with football and sport in general is even longer than that.
The point is; I thought he would consider stepping aside seeing that he is of a pensionable age at 67 years. He also has a thing for politics which he dabbles in from time to time.
As things unfolded at Safa on a daily basis, this guesswork was out of touch with the man’s real ambition, which at the moment looks like the old leadership problem of the continent where old males want to lead until they stumble into their graves, instead of sitting back on the stoep and basking in all the accolades of a life well lived.
Up until the last minute Safa made impolite public statements to the effect that the elections will go ahead even in the face of mounting evidence and criticism that the process was flawed.
Of great concern was the charge that Safa was overlooking its own rule to first call for a sort of national assembly of its members from which assembly it would select a committee that will supervise the election of a new president.
Against all good advice Safa picked its committee to supervise the elections. But it just as quickly abandoned that bid when it became clear the committee won’t fly. In the end Safa had to surrender to common sense and abandon the whole sham.
What a sorry state Jordaan will likely retire to.
A more serious charge not related to football has emerged that looks as though it will bury the old man’s ambitions, if proven true.