Lucas Radebe Advised to Seek Support From From the Grassroots to Dethrone Danny Jordaan

Lucas Radebe Advised to Seek Support From From the Grassroots to Dethrone Danny Jordaan

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at November 30, 2023 at 2:11 PM
  • Lucas Radebe has been vocal about the need for change in South African football administration
  • Danny Jordaan has been SAFA President since 2013 and detractors have questioned his capabilities
  • Radebe has been told by SAFA that he needs to follow the correct path to challenge for the top job

Leadership is shifting uneasily amid talk of a challenge.

Lucas Radebe's quest to become SAFA President has piqued the interest of those concerned about the effectiveness of SAFA.

A former teammate at Kaizer Chiefs has told the South African legend that he must network with those on the ground to grow his support.

Lucas Radebe, SAFA, Danny Jordaan.
Lucas Radebe has been advised by Pollen Ndlanya to play SAFA's game and campaign throughout the country to prepare for the 2026 elections. Photo: @OnlyBotake.
Source: Twitter

Initial efforts by Radebe to get involved in the improvement of the game have been rebuffed, with SAFA insisting he must go through the various tiers of the organisation.

Pollen Ndlanya has offered his advice, saying that he would like to see Rhoo go on the campaign trail throughout the country's 52 SAFA regions to test his popularity.

Speaking to SowetanLive, Ndlanya was quoted as saying:

"If people feel that he is capable, why not? He is a legend, he played this game at the highest level and the question is, is he going to be ready? We as legends can support him but are SAFA structures going to support him?”

SAFA has released a statement responding to reports of Radebe lining up a run at the administrative top job. While the tone of the statement is dismissive, it also serves as a road map to how Radebe can accomplish his goals.

The statement mentions that elections will be held again in 2026 and outlines who the voters are and how to secure a nomination.

A list of current and future projects was also presented and the statement ended with the sentence:

"The point we are making is that we are busy with football, and we will not entertain trivial distractions."

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Lucas Radebe for President!

Sports Brief recently reported on Radebe's desire to one day sit at the helm of South African football.

Radebe has been told that he needs to work through the existing structures in order to realise his ambition.

Radebe has been met with resistance in trying to rectify the structural shortcomings of the local game.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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