The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) has received three nominations from within its membership for the vacant African Anglophone position on the FIFA General Council and will decide in the coming days which single candidate to endorse.
The position on the FIFA body became vacant after the resignation of Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi and is only open to candidates from English-speaking countries on the continent.
COSAFA has received three candidates that have signaled their interest and they include South African Football Association President, Dr. Danny Jordan, Football Association of Malawi President, Walter Nyamilandu-Manda and Seychelles Football Federation President, Elvis Chetty.
However from the three candidates, Botswana Football Association (BFA) says they will await candidates to present a roadmap of their leadership to help them vote a better nominee that can bring growth to football especially in Southern Africa.
“We feel that every candidate that stand for football leadership position must be there to serve the growth of the game, it will be important for them to convince BFA to endorse them. They are all capable but like any other elections, there is need to convince and give a clear plan for the future,” said BFA spokesperson, Tumo Mpatane.
The deadline for submissions of nominations to FIFA is on Friday, July 20 (today) and as per prior agreement with its members, only one name will be put forward from the COSAFA region to contest the vacant seat. The election for the open position on the FIFA General Council will take place on September 30.
“We will assess the manifestos of all three candidates in the coming days and select the individual who we believe will best represent the COSAFA region in the elections for the vacant seat on the FIFA General Council,” said COSAFA President, Dr. Phillip Chiyangwa.
“We decided as COSAFA in February 2016 that should a continental or FIFA position become vacant, COSAFA would first and foremost support one of its own and in order to present a strong candidate for the position, we should support only one individual.”
“We have received three excellent candidates and now face the difficult task of determining which of their nominations to put forward to FIFA by Friday.”
Following the resignation of Nyantakyi, Africa now has seven members of the FIFA General Council, including Vice-President Ahmad Ahmad, who is also president of the Confederation of African Football, and General Secretary Fatma Samoura (Senegal). The others are Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia), Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea), Lydia Nsekera (Burundi), Constant Omari (DR Congo) and Hany Abo Rida (Egypt).