Danny Jordaan, the man responsible for organising last year’s World Cup in South Africa, has failed in his bid for a place on FIFA ‘s executive committee.
Jordaan was hoping to follow in the footsteps of Michel Platini and Franz Beckenbauer, former World Cup organisers who have moved to upper echelons of FIFA, but he received less than 10 percent of the vote at the Confederation of African Football’s congress in Sudan.
Mohamed Raouraoua of Algeria finished first in the race for two African places on the executive and becomes the newest member of the 24-man FIFA committee.
The president of the Algerian Football Federation received 39 votes while Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast retained his seat with 35 votes, earning another four-year term.
Jordaan received just 10 votes in Khartoum. Each of CAF’s 53 member countries voted twice.
“Ultimately it is the choice of the national federations of Africa and I can only wish the two winners well,” Jordaan told Reuters.
“There was a lot of fulsome praise for South Africa and the way we organised the World Cup but it didn’t translate into votes. We’ll need to reflect on it.”
Jordaan is a vice president of the South African Football Association and he intends to remain in the game.
“I’ll continue my work in football. It’s not dependent on a position. There is a lot to do in the country, in the region and on the various committees where I serve,” he added.