Lucas Radebe. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
Lucas Radebe. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan will stand for re-election when his term of office comes to an end in March 2018 if the regions ask him to continue.

The Safa regions will appoint new leadership on March 24 and Jordaan revealed on Tuesday that he would throw his name in the hat if he is asked to return for a second term.

"If they [the Safa regions] decide that I should continue‚ I will probably agree‚" he said.

"But let me not answer a question that was not asked as no one asked me to stand."

The elections were originally scheduled to be held in September 2018 but more than 90% of the Safa regions recently voted in favour of hosting the elective congress earlier.

Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup largely contributed to the decision to hold an early election and the regions felt there was no need to retain the original date if the national team was no longer going to Russia.

Former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe recently revealed he was interested in succeeding Jordaan and is expected to also throw his name in the hat when the nomination process opens
in January.

Jordaan‚ who remained Safa president after he became Nelson Mandela Bay mayor in May 2015‚ said the current leadership should be evaluated on the work they have done since coming into office and the regions should then decide if they deserved to be allowed to complete the many projects that are under way at Fun Valley south of Johannesburg.

‘‘They [the regions] understand that there must be an evaluation and at the end of the evaluation, there must be reward and punishment‚" Jordaan said.

Jordaan has been at the helm for four years since surviving multiple court challenges and chaotic last-minute disputes to become Safa president in 2013.

He saw off fierce rival‚ Mandla "Shoes" Mazibuko‚ by an overwhelming majority, getting 162 votes to Mazibuko’s 88.

‘‘When we got elected in 2013‚ we sat down and crafted what is called Vision 2022.

‘‘Vision 2022 is supposed to run over two World Cups — it’s an eight-year programme and it runs from 2014 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2022.

‘‘We must make an assessment — what are our successes and what are our failures halfway through‚ and what are the prospects of achieving it over the next four years."


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