(WFI) South African World Cup CEO Danny Jordaan has failed in his bid to win a seat at FIFA’s top table.
Jordaan came fourth of the five candidates contesting two seats on the FIFA Executive Committee, winning only 10 votes from the Confederation of African Football’s 53 national federations.
Algeria Football Federation president Mohamed Raouraoua today won the election for the FIFA seats with 39 votes at the CAF Congress in Khartoum, Sudan. Ivory Coast’s Jacques Anouma was re-elected to the Ex-co for a second four-year term with 35 votes.
Raouraoua replaces disgraced Amos Adamu, who was banned by FIFA for three years last November following revelations about his involvement in the 2018/2022 World Cup bid bribery scandal.
He will be formally unveiled as Africa’s new FIFA Ex-Co member at the FIFA Congress in Zurich on June 1.
Suketu Patel of the Seychelles gained 12 votes and Nigerian Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima five votes. Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya had earlier withdrawn his candidacy for a FIFA seat.
Jordaan was seeking to emulate Franz Beckenbauer, who was lead organiser of the successful Germany 2006 World Cup before being voted on to FIFA’s ruling body in 2007. Beckenbauer steps down this year.
CAF president Issa Hayatou and Hany Abo Rida of Egypt also sit on the FIFA Ex-Co but their seats are not up for election until 2013.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter was in attendance at the CAF Congress.
Jordaan’s failed bid for a FIFA seat came was put into stark relief following praise from Blatter and Hayatou for the successful staging of the first World Cup on Africa soil.
Blatter congratulated Africa and its football leaders, telling delegates that FIFA’s position had always been based on “trust and confidence in our partners and African people proved we made the right decision in awarding the World Cup to South Africa”.
Blatter revealed that FIFA had generated $1.2 billion in World Cup revenues compared to $600 million from the 2006 tournament in Germany.
Hayatou told delegates at the 33rd CAF General Assembly that the World Cup was a “formidable experience that came to brighten a continent many had known for conflicts, natural disasters, diseases and unemployment”.
Hayatou of Cameroon remarked on FIFA’s suspension
of several Africans, including three members of the CAF executive, the most high profile being Adamu’s ban.
“Who would have imagined that such a scandal would have engulfed the continent. The sanction meted out by the Ethics Committee of FIFA came as a huge surprise to us. Those concerned have already sought redress in the various jurisdictions of appeal. It is still premature to talk about it when the final decisions have not been made,” he said.
“It is difficult in such painful and challenging conditions to speak of what takes place in our respective stadia. But how can we not pay glowing tribute to South Africa that brought pride to the continent,” he said.
“What did they not say before the World Cup? That South Africa will not be able to host the competition, that there will be no fans in the stadiums, that foreign visitors will not make it, and that security will be a problem. But the events spoke for themselves.”
Results of the CAF Executive Committee elections
Fifteen candidates contested six seats on the CAF Executive.
Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia) – elected unopposed
Zone West A
Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea) – elected unopposed
Zone West B
Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin) – 19 votes
Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana) – 34 votes
Tata Adaglo Avlessi (Togo) – withdrew
Hima Souley (Niger) – withdrew
Omari Constant (DR Congo) – elected unopposed
Celestin Musabyimana (Rwanda) – 19 votes
Leodegar Tenga (Tanzania) – 34 votes
Adam Mthethwa (Swaziland) – 3 votes
Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia) – 38 votes
Walter Nyamilandu (Malawi)- 6 votes
John Muinjo (Namibia) – 5 votes
Justino Fernandes (Angola) – withdrew
Danny Jordan (South Africa) – withdrew
By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson
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