“Bidvest Wits FC hereby announce that, for personal and private reasons advanced by their CEO, Jose Ferreira, they have agreed to release him from his position as CEO of the club, with effect from 3 September 2019. He has, however, agreed to remain as a consultant and adviser to the club in the foreseeable future,” read the Wits statement.
Ferreira said: “It is with deep regret that I have, for personal reasons, requested the chairman of Bidvest Wits FC to release me as CEO of the club, which request has been kindly accepted. On a personal level, 2019 has been a very difficult one, and the many uninterrupted years of service to the game of football, that I love so much, have all taken their toll.
“I wish to thank Bidvest Wits FC, and in particular previous and current chairmen Brian Joffe and Alan Fainman respectively for having entrusted me with the task of leading this great club, for the last seven years. The challenge was the biggest of my career as a football administrator, and as daunting as it was when I first took over the reins in 2012, I have enjoyed every moment of it. I can only hope that I will have met the mandate I was entrusted with by Bidvest and pray that I will have left some enduring personal marks behind.
“I have had the privilege of working at this club with some of the very best professionals in South African football and every single success story of this club, during my tenure, is largely due to their professionalism, drive and passion, unequalled in South African football. I will be forever grateful to them all.
“I now intend to take some time off for myself, but I have no doubt that the game that has given me so much joy will, in no time, see me embrace it again.”
Wits chairperson Alan Fainman said the club understood and respected Ferreira’s situation.
“Jose has enjoyed seven successful seasons with us and has brought a professional approach to the club. We understand and respect his situation and wish him ongoing success in his future endeavours,” commented Fainman.