kHOZA SET FOR COURT BATTLE

AFTER storming out of the drama-filled Safa meeting held in Kempton Park on Saturday to elect new office bearers, Irvin Khoza told journalists: "We'll be back."

AFTER storming out of the drama-filled Safa meeting held in Kempton Park on Saturday to elect new office bearers, Irvin Khoza told journalists: "We'll be back."

The statement left many unanswered questions and it emerged yesterday that Khoza's camp will approach the courts to challenge the entire election process.

Khoza and those close to him were involved in a series of meetings with top South African legal brains to map out the way forward.

The PSL chairman was not available for comment but a prominent club owner, working close to him, said: "Expect the mother of all legal battles.

"The argument will be around procedure, the entire process is flawed."

After the withdrawal of Khoza and Danny Jordaan from the presidential race, Kirsten Nematandani of Limpopo was elected unopposed as new Safa boss.

Sowetan has learnt that the Khoza group were also angry with Oliphant, who they accused of siding with the victorious Football Transformation Forum.

Oliphant angered the Khoza faction by insisting the meeting should go on with the elections after the withdrawal of Jordaan, whose eligibility was questioned by the PSL.

This was after the electoral officers (Ralf Zulman and Ishmael Semenya) reportedly advised Safa to take the issue of the eligibility of the candidates to an arbitrator.

The PSL argued that Jordaan was a salaried Safa employee by virtue of being chief executive officer of the Local Organising Committee. Jordaan has always maintained that the LOC is not an organ of Safa.

Oliphant said it was a sad day because not all members of Safa were present to vote the new executive into office.

A source close to the Khoza camp said: "We are unhappy with Oli (Oliphant), considering he is the one who approached Irvin to stand in the first place.

"The feeling here is that Oli clearly sided with the other group by insisting the elections go on despite advice from the electoral officers."

Oliphant insisted he had done everything above board.

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