Former Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Mashaba’s bid for the South African Football Association (Safa) presidency appears to be in tatters after the South African Masters and Legends of South Africa (SAMLFA) confirmed that they are backing his opponent.
SAMLFA president Buthi Mathathe said in a statement that Danny Jordaan is their preferred candidate.
Jordaan is the current Safa president having ascended to power in the previous presidential elections, and he has already made it clear that he will run for a second term.
“It is totally in violation of our constitution for any member to take a unilateral decision to stand for a National position without following the correct processes and procedures. Mr Mashaba is a member of a provincial structure [Gauteng] and therefore cannot by virtue of its membership… decide to engage in matters beyond their jurisdiction to undertake in a matter of national interest without proper protocols," read part of the statement.
“We will not hesitate as the SAMLFA NEC to take drastic action against any member that violates our constitution. National SAMLFA would like to categorically state that we have not and will not entertain or endorse Mr Mashaba for the position of SAFA Presidency or preferred candidate for the upcoming SAFA elections is… incumbent Dr Danny Jordaan," said the statement.
Mashaba's intention to run for the Safa presidency was announced by Gauteng SAMLFA spokesman Irvin Dire on the Sunday Times newspaper this past weekend.
According to TimesLive, Safa national executive committee member Mzwandile Maforvane of Football Transformation Forum‚ is also surprised that Mashaba wants run for the Safa presidential elections just five months after being elected chairman of SAMLFA Gauteng.
“People want to run for the Safa presidency without following the proper protocols. And I find this development so surprising because ‘Shakes’ was only elected head of SAMLFA Gauteng a few months ago‚ and now he wants to run for the presidency of Safa‚ not even of SAMLFA," Maforvane said.
“My concern is that all these people trying to run for the presidency without following protocols can make a mockery of the process. Because one begins to question whether they have personal agendas‚ such as scores to settle," he added.
“If you look at the parties on the other side (to Jordaan)‚ some have been expelled form Safa‚ others fired. Shakes was fired in December now he feels he can come back to run the organisation," he concluded.
According to Dire, Mashaba couldn't find a venue to announce that he will be running for the Safa presidential elections which will be held on March 24, 2018.