Safa president Danny Jordaan gets Cosafa endorsement for Fifa post

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Cosafa has backed Jordaan, who is hoping to replace former Ghana FA president in the Fifa committee, Safa confirmed in a statement

South Africa Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan is close to being on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) executive committee.

This is after he was nominated to represent the 14-member Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) region in the committee. 

Cosafa voted in favour of the South African football administrator to be their candidate for the election, which is set to take place in Cairo on the 30th of September 2018.

The position became vacant after former Ghana Football Association (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi was caught receiving a bribe earlier this year.

As a result, Nyantakyi stepped down from the position ahead of the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals which were hosted by Russia.

Safa released the following statement on their official website on Friday:

"SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan was overwhelmingly voted to be the candidate to represent the 14-member COSAFA Region for the vacant FIFA Executive Committee member."

"The elections for the vacant position will take place on 30 September 2018 in Cairo, Egypt.

"COSAFA had three candidates, Dr Jordaan, Malawi’s Walter Nyamilandu Manda and Elvis Chetty of Seychelles vying for the same position but COSAFA President, Phillip Chiyangwa of Zimbabwe requested that the Region vote as a bloc and must support a single candidate."

"All candidates were therefore asked to make presentations before the voting took place on who should be COSAFA’s sole representative."

"The former FIFA World Cup CEO whose massive international experience is unmatched, put up an excellent presentation that gave him the popular vote. The other two candidates, Nyamilandu Manda and Chetty received 4 and 2 votes each respectively."

"Chiyangwa was voted in as the new CAF Executive Committee member taking over from Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya who was suspended by FIFA," the statement reads.