THE deadline for nominations for the volatile post of South African Football Association president was reached yesterday - with another intriguing twist to what has been labelled, with some degree of validity, a no-holds-barred confrontation between soccer heavyweights Irvin Khoza and Danny Jordaan for the post to be vacated next month by long-serving Molefi Oliphant.
Nominations were required to be posted a month before the September 26 elections and it emerged as a mystifying conundrum when the Football Transformation Forum, a thinly disguised campaign organisation favouring Jordaan, announced that in addition to the chief executive of the Local World Cup Organising Committee, they would also be nominating Safa member Kirsten Nematandani for the Safa presidency.
It now appears, however, that what seemed initially an inexplicable division of loyalties, in fact, has its roots in what is likely to emerge the most provocative and inflammatory issue in the run-in to elect the new president.
And a further theory in the power struggle for the top post in South African soccer is that if Jordaan is forced to bow out of contention in the September 26 election, his supporters will throw their weight behind a sacrificial Nematandani who, if elected, would resign his presidency when Jordaan completes his tenure as chief executive of the LOC and pursues the presidency again.
Meanwhile, Safa spokesperson Morio Senyane yesterday said speculation as to who was eligible and who was not eligible to stand for the Safa presidency was premature. - Sapa