Chief Nonkonyana cries foul


Nonkonyana learnt of his suspension today; this after comments that Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund should be suspended if he fails to win the CHAN tournament in South Africa next year.

In a letter sent to by the man himself, Nonkonyana hints that he was set-up to fall and that SAFA president Danny Jordaan had agreed with his comments on Igesund.

Extracts from the letter read: “On 8 October 2013, in my capacity as a chairman of CHAN 2014, I stated, amongst other things, that the CHAN Local Organising Committee is determined to host CHAN 2014 to be the best ever …

“I also stated in the same ceremony that we as the LOC would wish that [Bafana Bafana] win CHAN 2014 to put an end to the stigma of our national team to participate only in events like these by virtue of the nation hosting such tournaments.

“In the same breath I stated our confidence in our national coach Gordon Igesund to lead our national team to win CHAN 2014 or at least to reach the final of the tournament. In reaction to a question from the media I stated my confidence in Gordon and stated that in the unlikely event of him failing to reach the final I would expect him to do the honourable thing to resign or face expulsion in line with the norm in the football industry.

“Immediately after the interview I briefed SAFA president Dr Jordaan, who agreed with me.

“On 11 October 2013 Mr Dennis Mumble forwarded an article to the president of SAFA and to some of the vice-presidents stating that he received an article posted on which apparently surprised him as he thought that the article was dealing with staff matters that he alone ought to deal with. Neither the president of any of the vice-presidents copied bothered to respond to him.

“I have been in constant communication with the president and at no stage did he express and disquiet or disapproval. I may add that it is apparent in the article that I spoke in my capacity as the chairman of the LOC and reference to SAFA was the view of the journalist, which should have been corrected by SAFA.

“On 16 October I received a notice of EMCO [Emergency Committee] meeting and noted there was an item pertaining to my alleged media utterances. I told SAFA that I will not be able to attend due to my parliamentary duties and requested that the item be deferred until [today], which was the date the EMCO meeting was originally scheduled.

“I did not receive any response and instead was surprised to receive a round robin resolution signed by president Jordaan seeking ratification of EMCO decision suspending me.

“[Today] when I was attending a CHAN LOC meeting I was surprised to be advised by CEO of LOC CHAN 2014 Mr Mvuso Mbebe that he received a letter from SAFA not only advising him of my suspension, but also of my withdrawal as a board member.”

Nonkonyana says he would challenge his suspension because it “violated my constitutional rights”, but says he will “abide by the decision of the EMCO as ratified by the NEC until this decision is corrected or set aside”.

“In view of the implication of the decision to recuse myself to serve as the chairman of CHAN 2014 LOC until such time the issue of my contested summarily suspension is corrected or set aside.

“I will not comment on any SAFA matters until I am reinstated as vice-president of the SAFA and authorised to do so.”