Safa vice-president Dr Danny Jordaan has been appointed as special advisor to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Association has announced.
Jordaan has also been appointed to work with Alexy Sorokin, the head of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The appointment was ratified by the world football controlling body (Fifa) in Zurich, Switzerland this past week.
Jordaan will serve on the World Cup Organising committee which is comprised of the world’s top football administrators including Fifa President Sepp Blatter, continental confederation Presidents and the entire Fifa executive.
“I am very proud and excited to have been asked to serve on this vital committee which supports the backbone of Fifa’s business model. The 2010 World Cup ,which was acknowledged as the most successful ever, generated a massive US$4,2 billion, the projected target for Brazil is to grow that by 10 per cent,” said Dr Jordaan.
“The Fifa Organising Committee has already received a comprehensive briefing from the Brazilian Organising Committee about all facets of its preparations. The main task of the Fifa OC will be to critically examine Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup to ensure that there are no logistical obstacles in the way of this target being achieved.”
Dr Jordaan has served in various Fifa committees including the 1998 World Cup in France, the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan and Germany 2006.
He said his appointment bore testimony to South Africa’s credibility in hosting major events and was an appropriate recognition of the country’s position as a rising footballing nation.
“In 2010 we created the benchmark for how to host a great and successful event and future World Cups will always be evaluated against what South Africa achieved,” he said.