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Safa ran the risk of being suspended by Fifa if they did not act on officials implicated in the match-fixing scandal

Posted: 21 December 2012 Time: 10:31 am

The South African Football Association ran the risk of being suspended by Fifa if they did not act on officials implicated in the match-fixing scandal marring the country's build-up to the 2010 World Cup.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani, along with Barney Kujane, Lindile Kika, Dennis Mumble and Adeel Carelse, were this week suspended after a Fifa report found irregularities in pre-World Cup matches against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala.

Safa insist the five were not implicated in the scandal, but an unnamed source tells The Sowetan that they were left with little choice but to take the action.

"Fifa threatened to suspend [Safa] if we did not act decisively," the source says. "Fifa is clear and unapologetic on match-fixing. We were told if Safa did not act against people mentioned in the Fifa report that would mean we were part of it.

"Fifa is strict when it comes to match fixing. We could not risk the suspension of the country; hence we had to act against people fingered in the report compiled by Fifa."

The source adds that the five suspended members on currently on 'special paid leave'.

Previous comments on this story...

INCOGNITO
posted: 10:33 am
he must just resign....Mbombela fiasco now this
KOIYOKO
posted: 10:36 am
Where was the toothless one when this was happening?
Tolly.ba.Thathe
posted: 10:44 am
KOIYOKOposted: 10:36 am | Report
Where was the toothless one when this was happening?

Why don't you ask Kaizer because wherever Dr Khoza is Kaizer is there as he carry bag and shine shoes for him?
Tolly.ba.Thathe
posted: 10:45 am
SUFFER neh?
Moriski..
posted: 10:55 am
FIFA must go to HELL...there's lot of corruption happening in fifa but they not doing anything abt it, so LEAVE SAFA alone, we don't need you mathafkrs..We hosted 2010 World Cup so what more can we get from dimpsa tse FIFA
Bucsaway Trebble Champ
posted: 11:04 am
Maybe we should report the CV Chef to FIFA *Thinking Hard*
DJ 4 BUCS
posted: 11:19 am
KOIYOKOposted: 10:36 am | Report
Where was the toothless one when this was happening?

Why don't you ask Kaizer because wherever Dr Khoza is Kaizer is there as he carry bag and shine shoes for him?
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Nice one Tolly.ba.Thathe

They were celebrating when the competent Dr Khoza withdraw from SAFA, now this. This proves that our beloved diski is in the custody of incompetent people.
Milton wa Lekhosi ka swele
posted: 12:10 pm
South african football will always be a joke!!!!!!
Ma-Eddie
posted: 01:22 pm
Bafowethu please enlighten me,,How does one fix to win the match,,unless if the oposing team is also involved in the deal?Which means the teams that Bafana won against pre-world cup must also be investigated,,they are as eqially guilty..I can understand if safa fixed the matches so that Bafana should lose..
Tolly.ba.Thathe
posted: 01:43 pm
I think this is one but the reasons why Adidas dissociated themselves from this corrupt footbal association.

They can even use the useless brand like nike we do not care because those are the brands that are associated with useless teams.
Jackiem
posted: 03:20 pm
Ma-Eddie, the report says they Safa oganise the ref from Asia
DJ_DONT
posted: 05:24 pm
They said this nemathandane crook was better than khoza, but khoza was never suspended.
DJ_DONT
posted: 05:29 pm
@Koiyoko u are straight idiott and u never change ur display name says it all .you don't know that khoza withdraw from this circus
The Ghost
posted: 05:41 pm
Makes total sense because SAFA (Siyafa) could not have had the balls to suspend anyone much less Nematandani ...
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