FTF Release Their Nomination Figures For SAFA Presidency
Football Transformation Forum provide update on Dr Jordaans nominations for SAFA Presidency
The Football Transformation Forum (FTF) has released a statement indicating that, to their understanding, Dr Danny Jordaan is line to be re-elected at next month’s South African Football Association Presidential election congress.
Jordaan, who is up for re-election to lead the South African FA for another four year tenure, has enjoyed the backing of the FTF.
According to the FTF the current SAFA President has received more than 40 nominations from 52 regions that make up SAFA.
As previously reported by the Siya Crew, SAFA’s cut-off date for all nominations is the 26th of February 2018. Subsequently the football mother body will conduct its presidential elections on March 24, 2018.
The full statement released by the Football Transformation Forum:
“15 February 2018
We the Football Transformation Forum (FTF) wish to place on record the facts with respect to the misinformation surrounding the upcoming SAFA elective congress that takes place in March.
“It is important to point out that the regions that constitute SAFA follow a bottom-up democratic philosophy. For clarity, the process is as follows:
i. First the regions decide on their candidates among their members;
ii. Secondly, the provinces decided on their candidates;
iii. Thirdly, the official nomination forms are delivered to the Auditors.
“As the FTF our candidate for the position of President, Dr Danny Jordaan, has to date received more than 40 nominations from 52 regions that make up SAFA. We expect more over the next few days, and it is therefore clear that the regions have spoken on their preference for the leadership of the organisation.
The fact that the more than 40 regions that have thus far made known their choice for the position of SAFA President, Dr D Jordaan demonstrates the level of unity within the SA Football Association. To date we have not encountered a nomination for any other candidate.
“It is imperative to point out that those mooting change from outside of the SAFA structures have had a different candidate virtually for every day of the week. Surely, this indicates division within their ranks and that they do not have the best interests of football at heart. For clarity and to clear up the confusion currently in the public domain we wish to point out the following:
“1. The biggest block of votes in SAFA is the 52 SAFA regions with a total of 208 votes.
2. Associate Members hold 10 votes.
3. The National Soccer League holds six votes.
4. It is clear that the SAFA regions determine the leadership it wants.
5. Our preferred candidate Dr Jordaan has received the nominations and signed 40 nominations at this stage.
6. The support and votes of 40 out of 52 Regions constitutes an overwhelming majority.
7. It must be appreciated that these regions have worked closely with the President over the last 4 years and made comprehensive strides in developing football.
8. To the surprise of those of us at the coal face of football development and administration in the regions, the names discussed in the media only emerged three weeks ago and others only last week for the first time. We cannot be expected to elect leaders in this way.
9. None of the potential candidates identified in media reports recently have interacted with any region in the past four years. None of the names discussed has attended a single SAFA Congress as a delegate over the last four years nor any development activity that they now proclaim to be so passionate about.
10. None of the potential candidates named in the media reports are eligible for nomination.
“To this end, it is imperative to point out that to date Dr Jordaan is the only candidate currently nominated for the position of SAFA President. We as the FTF believe that the matter of the President is virtually concluded and we now are focus on identifying those members we believe will best serve the National Executive Committee of SAFA.
The FTF further wishes to point out that it is patently aware of underhanded campaigns being conducted by individuals and groups outside of SAFA who seek to undermine the elective process. We have alerted FIFA to these campaigns. We wish to bring to the attention of the media the fact that these campaigns of misinformation will be elevated in the coming weeks.
i. False allegations of financial improprieties;
ii. False allegations of misconduct against Dr Jordaan and other SAFA officials;
iii. False allegations of subversion of the elective process; and
iv. False information about SAFA.
“In the above context we request the media not to simply publish these falsehoods at face value and to rigorously test the veracity of all allegations they receive.”