local soccer 28.9.2013 03:00 pm

Jordaan confident of claiming Safa presidency

FILE PICTURE: Safa President  Danny Jordaan. Picture: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images.

FILE PICTURE: Safa President Danny Jordaan. Picture: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images.

Danny Jordaan already speaks like a Safa president when he outlines his plans.

Jordaan goes head-to-head with Safa vice-president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko for the presidency in Fourways today and in outlining his plans, he is convinced that by the end of the day, he will be the new president, replacing outgoing Kirsten Nematandani.

Although he has failed in two past bids, one for a seat on the executive of the Confederation of African Football, and the other in the presidency of the Council of Southern African Football, Jordaan is convinced it will be a case of third time lucky this time.

Of the 52 Safa regions, Jordaan is believed to have secured backing from 32 and said his track record speaks volumes ahead of today’s elections. “The same 32 regions that nominated me in 2009 are the ones to nominate me now,” Jordaan said.

“They want me to take over and I’m confident that I will go through.”

But his main task if he wins the elections will be to revive the junior national teams, Bafana Bafana, and to rebuild the image of Safa. “We’ve to start at grass roots level rebuilding junior competitions. Introducing inter-regional and inter-provincial competitions in order to have quality junior national teams that can compete at international level,” he said.

“That is the fundamental phase in order to build our Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 national teams and have the quality at the level of Bafana Bafana.

“So it is about how do we strengthen football, how we strengthen our ability to compete internationally and how we eventually build a winning, world class Bafana team again.”

But a more immediate issue for Jordaan to look at will be Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify to international tournaments. He insists that this must start at junior level where all the national teams must qualify for tournaments.

“Our Under-23s last played a match in December 2011. If we want to have a chance of qualifying for the Russia 2018 World Cup, our Under-23s must participate in competitions. “It is very important that, as soon as possible, this team must start preparing and playing,” he said.

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