Bafana Bafana

Ex-SAFA CEO consults Thuli

2014-09-05 16:10
Outgoing Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe. (Gallo)
Johannesburg - A request has been sent to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to consider investigating the allegations of match-fixing involving the South African national team, the SA Football Association's (SAFA) former chief executive said on Friday.

Leslie Sedibe, who was at the helm of SAFA during 2010, the year South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup, said in a statement he had sent the request in his personal capacity.

"There has been much speculation with regard to the match-fixing allegations and the names of many individuals have been drawn into these allegations, including my own name," he said.

"I was CEO of SAFA at the time.

"I am determined to maintain and protect my good name and reputation and I am of the opinion that this matter has dragged on for far too long. Justice delayed is justice denied."

The alleged fixing took place prior to the 2010 World Cup and involved the host team Bafana Bafana and their international friendly matches which were used as preparation for the tournament.

During his tenure at SAFA, Sedibe, who is now the chief executive of Section 21 organisation Proudly South African, signed a contract with the Singaporean company Football 4U.

According to a FIFA report into the alleged fixing, Football 4U had been linked to convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal Raj, and several pre-World Cup matches were cast under suspicion after referees were provided, and paid, by Football 4U.

"I have repeatedly placed on record... that I fully support calls for a full and independent investigation into the allegations, and I am prepared to give my full support and co-operation to get to the bottom of these allegations once and for all," Sedibe said.

"I have now approached the public protector's office through my attorneys."

Sedibe said he was not in a position to add anything further to his statement, pending a possible investigation.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.