In a letter to Dr Danny Jordaan, President of the South African Football Association – which was also sent to former club Auckland City and NZ Football – Blatter paid tribute to a player who earned great esteem throughout the game.
He wrote: “Keryn enjoyed a distinguished career at club and international level, being capped by South Africa and playing in two FIFA Club World Cups for Auckland City.”
Jordan passed away on Monday after a 12-year battle with cancer, during which time he nonetheless achieved some notable feats, most memorably in New Zealand, where he became the Kiwi top flight’s all-time leading scorer. Tributes have poured in since his death, and Blatter too was keen to convey his condolences.
“On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide football community,” he continued, “I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Keryn’s families, friends and loved ones. We would hope that in some way, these words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness.”