By John Tuerijama
THE current and former NFA presidents, Frans Mbidi and John Muinjo, respectively, will know this weekend whether they will be elected to serve as executive committee members of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA).
Mbidi is contesting for the COSAFA vice president position against Lesotho’s Advocate Selemane Phafane and Philip Chiyangwa of Zimbabwe while Muinjo is vying to retain his executive member position. The elective Annual General Assembly takes place in South Africa this Saturday.
Mbidi, Muinjo, and NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro are already in South Africa for the COSAFA meeting and other football engagements.
“We are in South Africa as part of the other FIFA programmes taking place here. Our nominees’ chances are as good as any of the other contestants. The former president (Muinjo) has an equal chance to be elected as all the others,” stressed Rukoro.
Meanwhile, the Namibian delegation members are keeping their cards close to their chests regarding who they are supporting for the position of COSAFA president, a position being contested by South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan, incumbent Suketu Patel and Chiyangwa.
Mbidi had said previously that the NFA will go for the person who will unify the region and also on what he has to offer the rest of the football associations in COSAFA.
Jordaan appears to be the favourite to take the reins from Patel, with the majority of the members standing behind his candidacy. However, the same Jordaan, had to withdraw his candidacy election day eight years ago when he sensed that there were very few associations that supported him.
Reasons for the lack of support in the past were ascribed to South Africa not playing a big enough role to support smaller federations in the region. However, SAFA has always saved COSAFA’s face by hosting the senior and junior tournaments with sponsorships sourced from South African companies.
It remains to be seen whether that will play in Jordaan’s favour this weekend.
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