Leading South African official suspended
Johannesburg: South African Football Association (Safa) vice-president Mwelo Nonkonyana was suspended Friday over remarks about national coach Gordon Igesund, a statement said.
Nonkonyana told a TV station that Igesund "should do the honourable thing" if the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosts fail to win the competition for home-based footballers.
South Africa were drawn in a strong Group A with Mali, Nigeria and Mozambique, and the top two finishers after a three-round mini-league advance to the knockout stage.
A furious Igesund called the comments of Nonkonyana "absolute nonsense. I have got no CHAN mandate at this time."
The coach failed to meet two targets set for him when he succeeded sacked Pitso Mosimane as coach of Bafana Bafana (The Boys) 13 months ago.
Told to reach the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by South Africa, his team were eliminated by Mali in the quarter-finals.
And a mandate to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil also came unstuck with Bafana coming second behind shock table-toppers Ethiopia in a second round group.
The statement said that given the seniority of Nonkonyana, an independent person or body would conduct an inquiry into a possible breach of Safa policies.