FIFA keeps mum on Bafana

2011-06-27 17:50

Johannesburg - FIFA would not confirm or deny media reports on Monday that the global football body had included South Africa as part of its ongoing investigations into match fixing.

"Contacts with various member associations are taking place as part of an ongoing worldwide investigation into match fixing," a FIFA spokesman told Sapa in an email.

"We hope you understand that we cannot provide you more details while the investigation is ongoing."

According to the Sunday Sun, two of South Africa's warm-up matches ahead of the 2010 World Cup would be investigated. Bafana Bafana's 2-1 victory over Colombia on May 27, in which they were awarded two penalties, and their record 5-0 victory over Guatemala on May 31, which saw Bafana again given two spot kicks, were both to be explored by a FIFA security team which would arrive in South Africa next week, the Daily Sun reported.

Kenyan referee Langat Kipngetich, who was in charge for the match against Colombia, and Ibrahim Chaibou of Niger, who handled the game against Guatemala, were both reportedly under investigation.


  • Scaramouche - 2011-06-27 21:38

    So it is not Bafana that is under investigation, but the officials

      Kuhle - 2011-06-28 03:09

      Isn't it annoying when the headlines are so misleading?

      Jason - 2011-06-28 09:42

      Maybe Bafana Bafana bribed the officials? I hope not!!

  • Marcell - 2011-06-28 04:11

    Quite possible if you look at the levels of corruption in the country and who is running football.

      Nthlarhi - 2011-06-28 07:41

      Soccer in SA is run by Nemathendani and Jordan. Do you know something about them that we don't know? Is rugby and Cricket run by Saints? Stop rubbishing anything associated with blacks.

      Daffy - 2011-06-28 08:06

      Stupid comment, you know nothing about SA soccer, as Nthlarhi said, you are rubbishing anything associated with blacks. moron

      Rover_ZA - 2011-06-28 08:47

      The way we've improved over the last year and a half should show you the team and management have been performing.

  • Nfusitjie - 2011-06-28 11:31

    I remember that colombia match, it was a farce at the time...I remember thinking to myself, wow can this be? That penalties were a joke.

      InternetMan - 2011-06-28 16:16

      Yeah i was there at the game and was thinking the same thing, but i assumed it was FIFA's own doing to get the locals behind the hosts team.

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