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Danny Jordaan Returns to South African Football


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Danny Jordaan who headed South Africa 2010 world cup successful campaign has returned to South African football, this time as president of the South African FA. He was elected as new head of South Africa FA” after winning the two-man contest for the position,” in which Jordaan garnered 162 votes while his rival Mandla Mazibuko took home 88 ballots, said the British Broadcasting Corporation.

The new SAFA President is an advisor to Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou after several failed attempts for a seat on the executive committee of the African football governing body, Jordaan is expected to bring organization and much needed leadership to the FA position given his previous assignment as a former South African World cup 2010 executive. According to sports analysts, his landslide victory confirms he is much respected within football circles in the country.

Reports say former FA president, Kirsten Nematandani, was not nominated by any of the 52 regions that make up the South African Football Association districts.

Jordaan assumes leadership of the SAFA at a time when the south african national team, Bafana Bafana is still not considered an elite team on the continent despite South African advance league and infrastructure. Under tactician Gordon Igesund the Bafana Bafana will not be going to the 2014 World Cup qualification play-offs after the team was held at home  while losing away against lowest Group A seed Ethiopia.

“He will take on issues surrounding development structures, administration, finance, and poor results for both the senior and age-limit national teams,” the BBC reports. Jordaan is 62, and has a four year mandate.

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