South African Football Association (SAFA) Acting CEO, Russell Paul is leaving the Association to take up a senior position within the Qatar 2022 World Cup Organising Committee.
He has extensive experience in football administration having, among others, been part of the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup, the first-ever World Cup hosted on the African continent.
Apart from being one of the top General Coordinators on the continent, Paul was one of the two Africans to have taken part in running Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan said Paul’s expertise and professionalism is well documented and he is happy that his experience will help Qatar 2022 organise a proficient FIFA World Cup.
“He leaves SAFA in a very healthy position and I want to wish him all the best. Russell Paul is a football servant and in my football career, I have come across very few professional individuals like him. He has SAFA and my blessing for his next assignment,” said Dr Jordaan.
“Whilst we wish Russell Paul the very best in his new and challenging responsibility in delivering the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East, we welcome Gay Mokoena as the acting CEO for the period of 3 months.”