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Jordaan canvasses fairer representation of Africa continent at World Cup finals

02 October 2013, 17:33

Johannesburg -Danny Jordaan, the newly-elected President of South African Football Association (SAFA), on Wednesday called for a fairer representation of the continent of Africa at the FIFA World Cup finals.

Jordaan, who made the call at the Soccerex African Forum in Durban, South Africa, said it was time the World Cup quota system was changed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Europe has always enjoyed strong representation at the World Cup finals with 13 slots while Africa has only five.

"It is now time we raise the issue of Africa's representation at the World Cup openly and publicly to start from a historical base.

"In historical context, we were one. We were a colony of Her Majesty, but that picture has changed now. African countries are no longer colonies,” Jordaan said.

He, however, conceded that SAFA does not have a good public image.

According to him, his priority now is to improve SAFA’s branding and target regular seminar programmes for coaches.

Jordaan took over as SAFA President on Sept. 28 after defeating his former fellow Vice-President, Mandla "Shoes’’ Mazibuko, by 162 votes to 88 during the association’s congress.

He became the sixth SAFA President since the country’s return to international sports in 1991.


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