Real work begins for Jordaan
With the SA Football Association (Safa) elections done and dusted, new president Dr Danny Jordaan will have little or no time to celebrate as he sets out to deliver on his campaign promises.
The former SA 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive takes over from Kirsten Nematandani following a 162-88 votes landslide victory over Mandla Mazibuko on Saturday. Jordaan had been the favourite for the hot seat since the announcement of the presidential candidates three weeks ago.
Last-minute court cases nearly disrupted the elections but all cases were resolved in time for the elections. This, according to Jordaan, was a significant development for his camp.
“We started campaigning almost a year ago,” he said as he rushed from the election venue to address a waiting and impatient media in the building across the election venue. “But it was clear after this morning (Saturday) that we were on the right track.”
The Xhariep and Sisonke Rregions had taken their matters to the Johannesburg South Gauteng High Court on Friday as they were not happy with delegates selected to represent them. But this was referred back to the Safa Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) which resolved the matter on the same night.
Another matter involving Safa Capricorn Region was also dismissed by the High Court and referred back to the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. The matter also resolved paved the way for a new Safa leadership.
Once the voting for the presidential position was finalised, Jordaan emerged as a the winner. This prompted his rival Mazibuko to withdraw from the race for vice president. This in an effort to save face, as it became clear that he would not garner enough votes to unseat any of the candidates from Jordaan’s camp.
That was followed by further withdrawals from Mazibuko’s camp for national executive (NEC) positions. The vice presidents positions went to Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana who garnered 197 votes, Lucas Nhlapo (173) and Elvis Shishana who got 167 votes. The other vice president of the Association is Premier Soccer League chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza.
The 10 members of the National Executive Committee are:, Gladwin White, Kwenzakwakhe Ngwenya, Nomsa Mahlangu, Poobalan Givandasamy, Xolile Nkompela Truman Prince, Ria Ledwaba, Sam Masitenyane, Advocate Norman Arendse and Natasha Tsichlas.
Now with the elections now out of the way, the real work begins for Jordaan and his new executive.
“I am very happy that I have been given the honour and I have accepted that with the great challenges that are there, not as individuals but as a team, we have brand new members that are serving there,” he said.
“The challenge for all of us is the reconstruction and development of SA football and I have raised these issues before. We are insisting that we are a football nation and I say we are not.
“The footballing nations of the world –, Germany is playing 80 000 junior matches over a weekend: Spain is playing 30 000 junior matches over the weekend:. France is playing 40 000.
“If you find 3 000 matches in South Africa you’ll be lucky. That’s the first problem. We have to start at the level of LFAs (Local Football Associations) and regions, they must have junior leagues – under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-19 regular competitions every weekend,” he said.
Jordaan said the second problem was “qualified coaches” saying SA had only 8 000 qualified coaches and the number was significantly lower than that of Spain. He said Spain had 12 000 coaches with A-Licenses while England had 8 000.
“If you find 25 coaches in SA with A-Licenses, you are lucky,” he said. “What you need is a total reconstruction and development of SA football starting at the base. The challenge is huge and the challenge is massive and we are ready to go.”
Another challenge for the new Safa leadership will be in improving the image of the association so that football can be an attractive proposition to potential sponsors. To this end Jordaan already indicated he would be unveiling a new sponsorship and a development initiative in KZN next week.
Bafana Bafana will be another challenge for the new executive. The senior national team has continued to flounder in serious international competitions and this will have to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
Bayern brush off Ibra’s Pep slur
30 September 2013, 13:57
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has branded Zlatan Ibrahimovic an “aggrieved prima donna” after the Sweden star’s latest verbal attack on coach Pep Guardiola.
Since Guardiola took charge of Bayern in June, the European champions have dropped just two league points, winning six of their seven Bundesliga games so far and are at Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Guardiola and Ibrahmiovic were both at Barcelona for the 2009/10 season, but their relationship soured after Ibrahimovic lost his place in the starting side.
In his autobiography, Ibrahimovic recalls shouting “you haven’t got any balls!” at Guardiola after making a brief appearance off the Barcelona bench in one match after the coach prefered to play Argentina’s Lionel Messi up front.
And in an interview with German magazine Spiegel, Ibrahimovic gave a fiery answer when asked what he has against Guardiola, 42, who he dubbed “the Philosopher” while at Barcelona.
“Guardiola is a fantastic trainer, but as a person? He is a coward,” said the 31-year-old Paris St. Germain forward.
“He isn’t a man. In the first months at Barcelona things went well and I scored lots of goals.
“Then he sacrificed me for Lionel Messi, but didn’t have the guts to tell me.
“Guardiola has no balls.”
Bayern boss Hoeness has said the Bavarians are very happy with Guardiola’s work and dismissed Ibrahimovic’s latest comments.
“We totally disagree with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We are completely satisfied with Pep Guardiola,” Hoeness told German daily Bild.
“I think Ibrahimovic is an aggrieved prima donna who has not coped well with his departure from Barcelona.
“No club has been happy with him.”
Hoeness added he has “no sympathy” for Ibrahimovic.
“He just wants to distract from the fact that he has failed at many clubs.
“He arrives as a saviour and leaves as a troublemaker.”
Guardiola is not the only Bayern coach to have come in for criticism from Ibrahimovic.
Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who won the league and cup double with the Bavarians and steered Munich to the 2010 Champions League final, also fell offside with the Swede when the pair worked together at Ajax.
“He told me with a pencil where I should run and I told him: ‘look mister, you can’t tell me anything – go into your office and write some letters’,” Ibrahimovic told Spiegel.
“His manner really got on my nerves.”
But current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who coached Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan when the Italian giants won the 2010 Champions League title, received high praise.
“I’d have died for him, he is outstanding, highly intelligent and an incredible motivator,” said Ibrahimovic.