World Cup feud in South Africa

June 28, 2010

Internal rifts within the South African World Cup organising committee are beginning to resurface as the tournament’s quarter final matches are being played.

Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the 2010 World Cup organising committee, accused committee chairman Irvin Khoza of a “malicious” campaign against him.

South African newspaper Mail & Guardian reported last week that Jordan’s brother Andrew has been appointed by Match, Fifa’s exclusive ticketing agency, as its representative in the city of Port Elizabeth for about $25,000 a month.

Jordaan reacted:”I know about the war (Khoza) said was coming after the World Cup. This campaign is against me and how I cannot run or handle this event. I know why so many questions are being asked about my brother. This issue has nothing to do with him.”

Khoza’s spokesman, Dominic Ntsele, however said Jordaan had told Khoza during a meeting on over the weekend that the utterances attributed to him in the article were not made by him.

Last year, both Jordaan and Khoza launched campaigns for the presidency of the South African Football Association, but it is understood FIFA asked them to pull out to ensure that their rivalry did not damage the World Cup preparations.