Former World Cup bid committee chief executive Danny Jordaan has been told by the South African Football Association (SAFA) that he has to apply for the CEo position in the Local organising Committee (LOC) for the 2010 World Cup.
This had led to an outcry among those in the know, following Irvin Khoza's nomination as non-executive chairman.
SAFA president Molefi Oliphant said: "As per corporate governance principles, the CEO position will be advertised and Jordaan, if he wants it, will have to apply."
He also added that all LOC nominees had to confirm their acceptance before the board began its work.
Meanwhile, football's world governing body FIFA warned SAFA that strong action will be taken against them if Jordaan does not run the 2010 LOC.
FIFA issued the warning after Friday's formation of the LOC, in which SAFA claimed that Jordaan had resumed his post as CEO of SAFA and could not hold two corporate positions.
FIFA press officer Emmanuel Maradas said yesterday: "This is not a South African event. It is FIFA's event. Hence the need to appoint trusted and competent individuals to lead the 2010 event. Danny is the most trusted individual among FIFA officials and duly, should play a leading administrative role leading up to 2010."
"He is the most trusted person, who managed to convince FIFA to give South Africa the World Cup. Therefore, he should be the most senior official to drive the organisation for 2010."
Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung also echoed the praise of Jordaan
"Nobody in South Africa is more qualified to lead the 2010 than Danny Jordaan. I don't see anyone in the country who can drive this project better than Danny," said Motaung.
Jordaan also revealed that FIFA has asked him to make a final decision surrounding his future with the organisation.
"It is true FIFA have approached me, but I will make a final decision only after SAFA have made their stance clear regarding my future role," Jordaan said at the time.