However, both the President and CEO were engaged in sponsorship contract negotiations which delayed their departure. These negotiations were concluded on Wednesday, 27 May 2015.
Furthermore, the SAFA President then travelled to Port Elizabeth to be inducted as the new Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor on Thursday, 28 May 2015.
“After intensive discussion with local politicians and family, I was convinced that it was correct not to travel to Zurich. South Africa as most democracies has a rights-based culture where the protection of rights of individuals is sacrosanct as well as the principle of a person presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, I had already missed four out of five meetings and engagements scheduled for that week and therefore travelling to Zurich made little sense.”
Malicious and slanderous comments about legal steps against the President of SAFA must be rejected with the contempt it deserves.
“I make no apology for responding to the voices of the people of Nelson Mandela Metro. An inauguration is a once off event; FIFA and CAF meetings occur regularly throughout the year. It is therefore a simple common sense decision,” said SAFA President.