RAISING the spectre of foul play, SA Football Association (Safa) presidential candidate Danny Jordaan's car was broken into in Johannesburg, and crucial documents were stolen, among other items.
The former World Cup chief executive, who still calls Port Elizabeth home, will be facing off against Safa co-vice-president Mandla Mazibuko in the September 29 elections which will elect Kirsten Nematandani's replacement.
Nematandani has not been nominated.
According to a report in City Press, Jordaan's car was broken into at a shopping mall in Morningside near Sandton on Friday, leading some within soccer circles to believe it was sabotage and involved the Safa polls.
A source close to Jordaan told the newspaper he had lost most of what he had in the car, including election documents. "This is a clear attempt to sabotage our campaign," the source in the Football Transformation Forum, which has nominated Jordaan as its presidential candidate, said.
"He is more worried about his iPad, which contains a whole lot of information. There was also a file of how Safa regions nominated.
"If he does not make it, there will only be one candidate, hence we believe the break-in was well orchestrated, as the security guards claim to have seen nothing."
Jordaan has reportedly confirmed the break-in and theft, but denies it had anything to do with the elections.
"This was just a theft and I reported the matter to ... the Sandton police station."
A suitcase full of clothes was among the items stolen, as he was to leave for Durban to attend Saturday's Bafana Bafana World Cup qualifier against Botswana.
There was also the iPad and a bag that had cash in it, along with his sunglasses.
"I can just say it was information theft, as the iPad had all my crucial information."
City Press confirmed the theft with Midrand police spokesman Constable Matome Tlamela, who said a case of theft out of a motor vehicle had been reported at the Sandton police station on Friday at about 5pm.
He said R3000 in cash, a briefcase containing documents and an iPad, altogether worth a total of R12000, had been stolen.
Jordaan could not be reached for further comment last night.