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‘When you’re inside it’s a different ball game’

SAFA interim CEO Russell Paul appears open to taking on the job on a permanent basis.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan said at a gala dinner on the eve of Tuesday’s Nelson Mandela Challenge clash with Paraguay the post will be advertised soon following the departure of Denis Mumble.

Mumble’s contract was set to run out in March but he stayed on to organise the electoral congress in Sandton in May where Jordaan was re-elected as SAFA president unopposed after Andile ‘Ace’ Ngcobo pulled out of the race.

Mumble, who became CEO when Jordaan took office in 2013, then took leave in September and never returned to SAFA House, with Jordaan saying his former colleague had left after reaching retirement age.

Paul subsequently took over Mumble’s duties for the time being.

Asked if he will apply for the job when it becomes advertised, Paul said: “I have no idea if it has been advertised or not, I’ll deal with it when it happens.

“But it’ll always interest one in terms of the growth and the development of football. So, if you can help and make a difference then it is an interest.”

Pressed on what changes he would make if he lands the job, Paul was reluctant to make any grand commitments.

Pressed on what changes he would make if he lands the job, Paul was reluctant to make any grand commitments.

“It’s always difficult when you talk from the outside,” he said.

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