PRETORIA: Danny Jordaan, former 2010 FIFA World Cup ceo, has become president of the South African Football Association President after seeing off a challenge from Mandla ‘Shoes’ Mazibuko.

Jordaan scored an overwhelming victory by 162 votes to 88. The elections were conducted by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and were also monitored by members from FIFA and continental soccer body, CAF and SASCOC.

He has taken over from Kirsten Nematandani who stepped down after failing to gain sufficient support.

Jordaan, who sought the mandate on the promise to improve Bafana Bafana’s overall performance, youth development, strengthening women football as well as strengthening the Association’s financial standing, said he was excited and was looking forward to deliver on his mandate.

He has long been considered, abroad, as a possible future president of the African confederation but, until now, had been held back by infighting within SAFA.

Vice-presidents will be Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana (197 votes), Lucas Nhlapo (173) and Elvis Shishana (167). The other vice-president is Irvin Khoza, the Premier Soccer League chairman who, because of club involvements, coul;d not run for the presidency.

The 10 national list members of the national executive committee are Gladwin White, Kwenzakwakhe Ngwenya, Nomsa Mahlangu, Poobalan Govindasamy, Xolile Nkompela, Truman Prince, Ria Ledwaba, Aubrey Baartman,Norman Arendse and Anastasia Tsichlas.