Johannesburg - FIFA ethics committee investigators have called for a six-year ban
against the former head of the South African Football Association
(SAFA) Kirsten Nematandani over his alleged role in 2010 match-fixing, a
statement said on Wednesday.
The committee was also seeking lifetime bans over the same offence
against a former official from the Zimbabwe Football Association,
Jonathan Musavengana, and the ex-coach of Togo's national team, Banna
The possible sanctions follow a probe led by the deputy chief of
FIFA's Independent Ethics Committee, Djimbaraye Bourngar, and are
subject to approval by judges at world football's governing body.
Nematandani, the most prominent name in the group, was put on
"special leave" in December 2012 following a FIFA report into
He was reinstated in January 2013 but not cleared of any wrongdoing and subsequently left the SAFA.
A 2012 FIFA investigation looked into South Africa's friendly matches
before the 2010 World Cup against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and
It produced a 500-page report that documented the activities of
convicted Singapore-based match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his Football 4U
Musavengana was first penalised over alleged match-fixing in 2012 by
the Zimbabwean association in a scandal that also involved former
national coach Sunday Chidzambwa.Zimbabwean retired high court judge Ahmed Ebrahim conducted an
investigation that implicated multiple football power brokers in the
country in match-fixing orchestrated by Asian gambling syndicates.