PSL challenges Nematandani as SAFA president

By Daily Maverick Legacy 30 September 2009

The shambolic state of South African soccer administration was underlined yesterday with the Professional Soccer League denouncing Kirsten Nematandani's election as SA Football Association president as illegitimate. But illegitimacy did not imply the PSL does not recognise Nematandani. Huh? The great fear is the ructions will disrupt the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup, although this is somewhat overstated since Safa is only supporting and not instrumental in hosting the tournament. The fight seems much more about personal positioning. Nematandani’s election took place only after the withdrawal of PSL chairman Irvin Khoza, who only pulled out when it seemed he could not beat 2010 local organising committee CEO Danny Jordaan, who then also withdrew. Khoza is now understandably miffed because, had Jordaan withdrawn before him, he would probably have beaten Nematandani hands down.

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