South Africa Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan has missed out on a seat on the Fifa General Council after being beaten out by Malawi Football Association president Walter Nyamilandu-Manda.
Jordaan, Nyamilandu-Manda and former Tanzania Football Federation president Leodgar Tenga were contending for spot on the Fifa General Council after Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi stepped down.
Tenga though, fell out of contention after the first round of voting, leaving Jordaan and the former Malawi international footballer to do battle for the vacant Anglophone spot.
While the South African football boss was seen as the favourite for the position he was edged out by 35 votes to 18, according to Cosafa's website.
The decision was made at a special sitting of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Executive Committee in Egypt on Sunday.
Nyamilandu-Manda now joins seven other existing members, who are on the council.
Caf president Ahmad, Secretary general Fatma Samoura, Tarek Bouchamaoui, Almamy Kabele Camara, Lydia Nsekera, Constant Omari and Hany Abo Rida all make up Africa’s representation on the council.
The defeat will come as a blow to Jordaan’s hopes of sitting at the Fifa table, but it is not his first loss in the battle to be elected to the illustrious council. The 67-year-old has failed on two other previous bids to be elected as he lost out in 2011 and pulled out of the running last year.
Meanwhile, Jordaan, who was recently re-elected as Safa president for another five-year term, was also seen as the Cosafa regions’ preferred candidate for the Fifa spot.
However, Safa’s decision to back a united bid of Canada‚ Mexico and the USA for the Fifa World Cup in 2026 instead of Africa’s very own Morocco, appears to have hindered his relationship on the continent as the Malawi football boss will now take his seat alongside some of world football’s most influential decision makers.