Irvin Khoza

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Irvin Khoza
Born Irvin Khoza
(1948-01-27) January 27, 1948 (age 66)
Alexandra, South Africa
Nationality South African
Occupation Chairman of Orlando Pirates Football Club, Chairman of the Premier Soccer League, Vice-President of the South African Football Association

Irvin Khoza (born 27 January 1948 in Alexandra) is a South African soccer administrator. Nicknamed "Iron Duke / Squveve", he is the Chairman of Orlando Pirates Football Club, Chairman of the South African Premier Soccer League and by virtue of this, Vice-President of the South African Football Association. His relationship with Orlando Pirates started in 1980, when he became its secretary and owner in 1991.[1] As the Chairman of the Premier Soccer League, he was instrumental in securing the current sponsors of the league, Absa Group Limited.[2] He was also the Chairman of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, after serving as the Chairman of South Africa's 2010 FIFA World Cup bid.

Mr Khoza has used his football profile to continue amassing a private fortune, which tax assessors value at more than US$10 million.

Khoza was part of the team who secured the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and later became the chairman of the South African Organising Committee.[3] At the announcement of South Africa's success, Khoza said that "This is the people of the world voting for Africa's renewal.".[4] Despite his football success, a cloud of controversy follows Khoza including rumoured relations with the illegal drug trade.[5]

Irvin Khoza is married to Matina. Their daughter Sonono Khoza had a relationship with president Jacob Zuma and gave him his 20th child, named Thandekile Matina Zuma.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/irvin-khoza-5086
  2. ^ http://www.mg.co.za/article/2007-09-26-absa-becomes-main-sponsor-of-psl
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/3758013.stm
  4. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/16/sports/soccer-south-africa-is-named-host-of-2010-world-cup.html
  5. ^ http://www.mg.co.za/article/2001-08-31-ghosts-come-back-to-haunt-the-iron-duke
  6. ^ http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000002567&catid=485&a=1