Tsichlas hails Jordaan's leadership qualities


Former Mamelodi Sundowns chairperson Natasha Tsichlas has praised re-elected SAFA president Danny Jordaan's leadership qualities.

Jordaan was recently re-elected for his third term as SAFA president ahead of Ria Ledwaba and Solly Mahlabeng.

"It was of course a lot of hard work, but of course, it was what we expected to happen," Tsichlas tells KickOff.

"The position comes with responsibilities and we don't forget that.

"We understand now we have to start working on some of the things that we need to finish.

"So yes I'm very happy, we have a very good NEC, Danny Jordaan a very experienced man, now we have to start again working even harder.

"What takes 80% of football it's the development, so football has been playing in the grassroots and simultaneously, it's important to get sponsorship and finance it.

"90% of the entrepreneurs are people that are distant from football, so these are the people that we must reach out to.

"What happened in the elections it's normal, don't forget the days of Havelange at FIFA did a great job for 29 years. Sepp Blatter did a great job for three terms, while Issa Hayatou for 29 years and even the chairman of the PSL has served for 27 years.

"So if people they trust and have voted him, it means there is something special.

"You can't vote for Danny Jordaan to run SAFA if he did not have those leadership qualities.

"To be a woman and a leader it's difficult, I know it's difficult but we are already there, and that for me it gives me a lot of hope."

The experienced football administrator also issued some words of encouragement to Ledwaba.

"I wish the best for her, and I was really hoping that the time we spent talking about things.

"You know I have contributed a bit in her development in those years she has been at SAFA.

"In future, it will be nice to understand football is not all about one individual but for everybody, and it's not about positions here.

"Look at me, I was unanimously elected vice-president and I said 'No no no, we have to reinstate Ria.

"Cause I still felt like a woman she can add value as a vice-president, but then as you know, what can you do? This is democracy.

"At the end of the day, I wish her all the best."

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