Johannesburg - South African Football Association president, Kirsten Nematandani
welcomed the FIFA delegation upon their arrival in South Africa to
commence the Southern Africa leg of their global investigation into
The FIFA delegation is led by Chris Eaton and the fieldwork phase
is expected to take four days during which time they will engage with a
number of key individuals.
In addition FIFA will have open access to SAFA's records that are
relevant to the enquiry which is centered on the refereeing and outcome
of the four friendly games that Bafana Bafana played in the final build
up to the World Cup.
After careful consideration SAFA intervened and appointed their
own officials, to replace the international referees recruited and
supplied by Footbal4U, for the fifth and final friendly versus Denmark.
"We are doing all we can to help FIFA resolve the issue regarding
the Bafana games and to do all in our power to wipe out corrupt
practices in football in South Africa, if there is any," said
"Anyone who has not already been contacted but who believes that
they have material evidence to offer are invited to urgently contact my
office", added SAFA CEO, Robin Petersen.
The names of the individuals who are meeting with FIFA are not
being made available to the media and neither is the media invited to
the 'in-camera' sessions in order to protect the integrity of the
"We have complete confidence in the integrity and thoroughness of
the FIFA process and will assist in whatever way we can to get to the
truth. We would also like to emphasise that SAFA is not, at this stage,
undertaking a parallel process either internally or through an
"We trust that all parties will respect the FIFA process and allow it to reach its logical conclusion", concluded Petersen.