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South African Football Association continues to draw a line in the sand with regards to their preference for the presidency of the association.

Though many regional presidents polled by Sowetan, showed preference for Local Organising Commitee chairperson Irvin Khoza, things remain tight in the run-up to the elections scheduled for September 27.

This is after City Press reported on Sunday that 40 regions had formed "Football Transformation Forum" which backed Danny Jordaan.

Sowetan contacted regional presidents the past two days. Some were unavailable while others were still to decide whom to back.

In Limpopo, four of the five Safa regions are backing Khoza, who is the Orlando Pirates chairperson.

They are Mopani led by Vincent Ramphago, Waterberg (Samuel Buthane), Capricorn (Watson Mabusa) and Sekhukhune (Milton Mashifane).

The fifth region - Vhembe - has thrown its weight behind Local Organising Committee chief executive Jordaan to take over from Molefi Oliphant who has indicated that he will not stand for elections.

Said Mashifane yesterday: "We won't apologise for going for Khoza who has done splendidly for the PSL.

"His achievements are there for everyone to see and we are not ashamed to support him."

Kirsten Nematendani, Vhembe region's president who doubles up as the LOC's Peter Mokaba Stadium manager, said: "Our region supports transformation."

The Football Transformation Forum, met at the weekend to endorse Jordaan as their preferred candidate.

Safa's Nkangala boss Henry Mhlongo stressed: "We have listened to both presentations but we'll meet on Thursday to decide who should lead Safa.

"The majority of us were impressed by Khoza's presentation.

Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana's OR Tambo region, who was one of the initial five candidates to throw their hats into the ring, is also backing Jordaan.

Nonkonyana, who is currently Safa's deputy president, is also the leader of Jordaan's campaign team.

In Gauteng, Safa West Rand's president Pius Nqandela said: " Khoza is our man".


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