Leslie Sedibe Named New South African FA CEO

Sidibe replaces the departing Raymond Hack, but only until Danny Jordaan returns from World Cup duty.

Top lawyer Leslie Sedibe has been named as the new SAFA (South Africa Football Association) chief executive officer, replacing Raymond Hack whose services were terminated yesterday.

The 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee legal adviser has signed a 12-month contract and will relinquish the position when Danny Jordaan returns from his duties with the 2010 World Cup organizing committee, according to Kickoff.com.

Hack was a close confidant of Irvin Khoza and now plays the price for his long-standing relationship with the ‘Iron Duke’, who was thwarted in his bid to take control of SAFA.

New SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani has spent recent months seeking to establish his power, and the installation of Sidibe is the latest step in the process. SAFA are setting up an ambitious four-year plan which Sidibe is expected to lead.

Jordaan was seconded to the LOC to serve as its chief executive until after the 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign. Before that Jordaan was SAFA CEO. Hack was originally scheduled to stand in for him until December 31, 2010.

Hack said yesterday, “I’m not leaving under any cloud. “I want to assure you that there is no animosity between me and the SAFA executive committee. I was not pushed.”

Hack, also lawyer by profession, will continue to serve on the LOC board, as well as the FIFA and CAF disciplinary committees.