FIFA headhunt SAFA top boss

The South African Football Association have announced that acting CEO Russel Paul will vacate his position with immediate effect.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan confirmed that Paul has been summoned by world football governing body FIFA for a position ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

“Our acting CEO Russel Paul has been requested to go to Qatar to deliver the first World Cup in the Middle East in 2022,” announced Jordaan at a press briefing on Tuesday.

“It comes as no surprise because he’s been working in World Cups – in 2010 here with us, he was the competitions manager.

“He oversaw all 64 matches that took place across the country, making sure it all started on time and was delivered. There was no team that complained of organisational matters.

“So, we’d like to wish Russel all the best and thank him for his hard work and dedication to South African football. If you look at his CV, you’ll see the long journey he’s trekked.”

Meanwhile, Jordaan also confirmed that Gay Mokoena – vice-president of SAFA and chairman of the association’s finance committee – will assume the role on an interim basis.

“The post will be advertised before filling it on a permanent basis. So, as from today [November 5] when Russel Paul leaves, Mr Gay Mokoena is the new acting CEO,” he added.

Jordaan is hopeful that the appointment will be made within the next three months.

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