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PSL elections loom but now Iron Duke wants to head Olympic committee

Soccer strongman Irvin Khoza is to get another four years in charge of South Africa’s Premier Soccer League and, at the same time, is going for the leadership of the country’s Olympic movement.

Khoza, nicknamed the ‘Iron Duke' and chairman of the country’s 2010 World Cup organising committee, has been nominated unopposed for the chairmanship of the Premier Soccer League which will give him another four year term at the helm of the country’s most lucrative sports body.

But he now also wants to branch out into the Olympic movement and will take on incumbent Gideon Sam as president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

The Olympic election is on November 24 and likely to be hotly contested.

It comes two weeks after the Premier Soccer League hosts its elections.

They will take place on November 8 in Johannesburg for the seven places on the executive commute where 10 candidates have been nominated.

Incumbents Goolam Allie (Santos), John Comitis (Ajax Cape Town), Kaizer Motaung (Kaizer Chiefs), Mato Madlala (Lamontville Golden Arrows) and Mike Mokoena (Free State Stars) face battle with David Thidiela (Black Leopards), Farook Kadodia (Maritzburg United), Lunga Sokhela (AmaZulu), Dan Simelane (Mamelodi Sundowns) and Stanley Matthews (SuperSport United), who was previously on the committee but stepped down when he became the PSL’s chief executive officer, a job he kept for just a handful of months.

Also nominated was AmaZulu’s Patrick Sokhela, who is stepping down for health reasons but his son is standing. Jomo Sono had been nominated but did not accept and in terms of the rules is therefore ineligible.

Others who did not accept nominations were Khulu Sibiya (SuperSport United), Khumbulani Komco (Bloemfontein Celtic) and Platinum Stars’Floyd Mbele.