17 Sep 2018
AP – South African soccer head Danny Jordaan has been cleared in an ethics check to stand for election to the FIFA Council three years after he was linked to alleged bribery.
The Confederation of African Football said in an internal memo seen by The Associated Press on Thursday that Jordaan was one of five African officials who passed integrity checks ahead of the election at a special CAF meeting in Egypt on Sept. 30.
African member countries will vote for a new representative on the FIFA Council after Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana resigned while facing allegations of corruption after being filmed taking $65,000 in cash from a reporter posing as a businessman in an undercover documentary.
CAF listed Jordaan, Elvis Chetty of Seychelles, Leodegar Tenga of Tanzania, Nick Mwendwa of Kenya and Walter Nyamilandu of Malawi as all being cleared as candidates to replace Nyantakyi, who resigned as a member of the FIFA Council, as a vice president of CAF and as head of the Ghana soccer federation.
Jordaan was the head of the organizing committee when South Africa successfully hosted the 2010 World Cup. But he has since been accused of involvement in an alleged $10 million payment to corrupt former FIFA executives to get them to vote for South Africa to host the tournament.
That payment was alleged in the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2015 indictment, which revealed widespread corruption and bribery at FIFA and ultimately brought down many of world soccer’s most powerful figures.
The indictment said two senior South African bid officials, who were unnamed and described as “co-conspirators,” were involved in shaving off $10 million from South Africa’s World Cup budget and sending it to banned FIFA executive Jack Warner as payment for him and two others voting for the South African bid in 2004.
South Africa has denied the payment was a bribe and described it as a soccer legacy payment meant to support the African diaspora in Warner’s Caribbean region.
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