Security advisers ask Ncobo to stop making comments about Safa amid simmering tension

26 March 2018 - 11:54 By Mahlatse Mphahlele
When contacted for comment by TimesLIVE on Monday‚ Ncobo confirmed that he has been advised by his security advisers to refrain from making public comments about Safa.
When contacted for comment by TimesLIVE on Monday‚ Ncobo confirmed that he has been advised by his security advisers to refrain from making public comments about Safa.
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Former Fifa referee and PSL general manager Andile ‘Ace’ Ncobo raised eyebrows on Monday after he revealed on social media that he's been asked by his security advisers to stop making public comments about the South African Football Association (Safa).

The outspoken Ncobo‚ who has maintained a very visibly presence on Twitter in the last few weeks‚ tweeted on Monday: "I'm sorry but I've been advised that due security risk I should refrain from talking about these matters until further notice.Will be back"

When contacted for comment by TimesLIVE on Monday‚ Ncobo confirmed that he has been advised by his security advisers to refrain from making public comments about Safa.

His advisers have also asked him to stop making comments about the postponed elections with immediate effect.

Ncobo has been involved in a fierce public battle with Safa president Danny Jordaan over the embattled sports organisation's highly disputed elective conference that was supposed to have taken place last weekend.

The elections were postponed last week following an emergency NEC meeting that mandated Safa to address issues that could undermine the credibility of the congress. A new date is yet to be confirmed.

Recently when the former referee addressed the media at a press briefing held at FNB Stadium‚ he revealed that he received death threats following his vocal views about the Safa presidential race.

“Recently I had to go and open a case with the police because I have been receiving death threats from unknown people‚" he said at the time.

"I have been consistent in saying that as long as you are still calling me‚ it means you are not ready to kill me.

"Even if you succeed in doing so‚ I will be the happiest corpse in the mortuary because I would have stood for what is right.”

In one of his tweets on Monday‚ Ncobo asked the public to pray for him and his family but declined to elaborate further.

He tweeted: “Calling on all friends and the entire football people‚ please pray for Ace Ncobo and his family. It's getting nasty‚ but God is with us.” 

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