South African comedian Trevor Noah has offered his thoughts on the ongoing scandal currently enveloping world football’s governing body, Fifa.
The acerbic comic is currently in South Africa for a string of shows at Montecasino, Johannesburg and while promoting his month-long ‘Lost In Translation’ residency on Radio 702’s Redi Tlhabi show last Wednesday (June 3), Noah couldn’t resist the chance to take a pop at Fifa.
Saying that he would love to take up former Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s job, Noah joked that he would seek to continue the beleaguered organisation’s legacy of bribery and corruption.
“What I love about Fifa is that they are just globally corrupt,” Noah said. “Everyone has the equal opportunity to bribe them.”
Noah also took a swipe at RSA football federation president Danny Jordaan, who is currently facing allegations of corruption relating to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“I understood that Danny Jordaan was saying: ‘No, we paid the money long afterwards.’ That’s what I like about Fifa: you can pay your monies afterwards, you don’t have to pay before, you can do it in instalments,” Noah joked.
The 31-year-old comedian made global headlines recently when Comedy Central announced that he would be taking over from Jon Stewart as the host of iconic satirical US programme The Daily Show in September.
Discussing the upcoming career move, Noah said that his biggest challenge is to appeal to a global audience and retain the adoration of his many African fans.
“I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed at first,” Noah said, “because people think I’m going to go to The Daily Show and tell jokes about Nkandla. I have to become more global.”
As TimesLive note, one person will certainly be pleased by Noah’s departure: Jacob Zuma.