The South African Football Association (Safa) is eager to reclaim the FNB Stadium as their own from the City of Johannesburg, Dr Danny Jordaan said on Wednesday.
The municipality took full control of the iconic venue just before the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
“That stadium, when it was half-built, was owned by football. We used to live in the front house and now we’re living in the back of the house looking at our front house, because somebody else now owns the front house,” Jordaan told the media.
Prior to the hosting of the 2010 World Cup, the government didn’t want anything to do with the venue, according to Jordaan.
However, the Department of Sport and Recreation recently made its intention to acquire the stadium and discontinue its private management of the facility.
“When we made the bid for the 2010 World Cup, the government made it clear it could not invest in a stadium it did not own. So, we had to hand over the stadium to the City of Joburg, then the government invested money in the City to finish building the stadium. We had to do that because the stadium was the showpiece of the 2010 World Cup, but we have since considered the sacrifices we had made - at that stage, the stadium was worth about R300 million to R500 million and we had to hand it over for nothing,” Jordaan added.