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Heart ache for Jordaan, joy for Bwalya

[Posted 23 Feb 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Jordaan has failed to win a place on the FIFA 24-member executive

Southern Africa's hope for a representative at the powerful 24-man FIFA Executive Committee went up in smoke today when veteran soccer administrator and FIFA World Cup 2010 CEO Danny Jordaan failed to garner enough votes to win a place on the committee.

Two places reserved for Africa were up for grabs at the on-going Championship of Nations finals in Khartoum, Sudan.

Initially there were six candidates for the two positions available, that is Jordaan of South Africa, Suketu Patel of Seychelles who is also COSAFA president,  Mohamed Raouraoua of Algeria, Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast , Ibrahim Galadima of Nigeria and Kalusha Bwalya of Zambia.

Bwalya was wise enough to realise that his chances were limited and withdrew from the race of the six candidates to concentrate on his chances to win a position on the Confederations of African Football (CAF).

Fortunately for the Zambian football legend and African Footballer of the Year for 1988, he was successfully voted into the CAF executive committee.

Sadly for the hard-working and knowleadgeable Jordaan, he paid the price for the regional machinisations within CAF, and the regional groupings did not favour his victory. He finished second last, while Raouraoua and Anouma won their places on the Fifa top 24.

Jordaan appeared to have been a casualty for the lack of unity within the COSAFA region, which had several candidates even for a single Caf position. If the region was united, they could have easily lobbied other regions to support Jordaan's candidature.

Lack of unity of purpose was voiced by Ashford Mamelodi at the last meeting of the COSAFA regional leadership, when the experienced Botswana administrator advised that the region speaks with one voice at the CAF elections.

The fact that Patel put his own interests ahead of the region by personally contesting, is an indictment on his own leadership ability. He should have rallied the region to speak with one voice, and must have led by example by withdrawing in favour of a candidate of choice.

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