New dawn as Wits CEO quits


Bidvest Wits have confirmed that long-standing club CEO Jose Ferreira has stepped down with immediate effect.

Ferreira has served Wits for over seven years since joining forces with former chairman Brian Joffe in 2012, after which he also roped in coach Gavin Hunt to the club.

The former SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns CEO made The Clever Boys' charge for a maiden Absa Premiership in their 96-year history a reality in 2016/17, as they pipped The Brazilians to the crown.

Under his leadership, Wits also picked up the 2016 MTN8 crown as well as the 2017 Telkom Knockout title.

However, "due to personal and private reasons", Ferreira has since vacated his position and touched on the highs and lows of his journey in a press statement released on Wednesday morning.

“It is with deep regret that I have, for personal reasons, requested the Chairman of Bidvest Wits FC to release me as CEO of the club, which request has been kindly accepted," said PSL exco member.

"On a personal level, 2019 has been a very difficult one, and the many uninterrupted years of service to the game of football, that I love so much, have all taken their toll.

"I wish to thank Bidvest Wits FC, and in particular previous and current Chairmen, Brian Joffe and Alan Fainman respectively, for having entrusted me with the task of leading this great club, for the last seven years.

"The challenge was the biggest of my career as a football administrator, and as daunting as it was when I first took over the reigns in 2012, I have enjoyed every moment of it. I can only hope that I will have met the mandate I was entrusted with by Bidvest and pray that I will have left some enduring personal marks behind.

"I have had the privilege of working at this club with some of the very best professionals in South African football and every single success story of this club, during my tenure, is largely due to their professionalism, drive and passion, unequalled in South African football. I will be forever grateful to them all.

"I now intend to take some time off for myself, but I have no doubt that the game that has given me so much joy will, in no time, see me embrace it again.”