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Bid team demand their fair share 01/08/04
The announcement by the South African Football Association (Safa) to reward Irvin Khoza, Danny Jordaan and Molefi Oliphant with the sum of US$1,2 million has not gone down well with the rest of the bid committee.

Jomo Sono, George Weah, Abedi Pele and Philemon "Chippa" Masinga are all said to be unhappy at getting considerably less than Khoza, Jordaan and Oliphant did.

This was confirmed by Emmanuel Maradas, who was the bid ambassadors' co-ordinator.

Maradas said from London that he received a call from an upset Weah, who had just received the news of the massive payout three of his fellow bid committee members were to get.

Weah, Abedi Pele and Roger Milla were each reported to have received a meagre $25 000 (about R150 000) for their roles in helping South Africa earn the right to host the Soccer World Cup in 2010.

"I was woken up by a fuming George Weah, the Liberian superstar who helped present the South African bid in Zurich, at about 1am," Maradas is reported as saying in the City Press.

"He told me he was in the US and was holding a newspaper with an article which said Khoza, Oliphant and Jordaan were to receive US$1,2 million each.

"An upset Weah asked me why there was such a discrepancy between what they had been paid as ambassadors and what the three were getting".

Sono refused to comment on the matter, while former Bafana Bafana striker Masinga is unhappy about the promises made to him which have not been fulfilled.

"When I was brought in, Danny promised me that I would get a bonus if we won the right to host the World Cup. I haven't received a cent up to now.

"I don't have any problem with Danny, Irvin and Oliphant getting R7,5 million each, but I think we should also be paid our share."

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