SAFA fears FIFA punishment

2012-12-23 10:37

Johannesburg - The SA Football Association (SAFA) is scrambling to avoid being suspended or expelled by world soccer body FIFA following its explosive report that implicates SAFA staff in fixing Bafana Bafana 2010 World Cup warm-up matches.

If found guilty, this could see South Africa excluded from international football.

SAFA said on Monday it had put its president, Kirsten Nematandani, and four staff members - Dennis Mumble, Adeel Carelse, Lindile “Ace” Kika and Barney Kujane - on special leave pending investigation because their names appeared in the report.

The report - a copy of which City Press has - alleges matches against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia, Guatemala and Denmark “were fixed for betting fraud… possibly with a view to improving (Bafana’s) position in international rankings”.

Others named are former CEO Leslie Sedibe, former head of referees Steve Goddard, former coach Pitso Mosimane and former team manager Sipho Nkumane. None are currently employed by SAFA.

By entering into an agreement with an outside company, Football4U, to arrange referees for Bafana Bafana matches, SAFA was in breach of FIFA statutes, FIFA says in the report.

“At the very least, it appears that SAFA staff members were either duped or extremely foolish,” it reads.

Acting president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said on Saturday: “Given the seriousness, we had to take extraordinary measures, including sending our president on special leave, until an inquiry is conducted.”

He said SAFA had sent a letter to FIFA informing it of the steps taken.

Nonkonyana said he had written to a retired judge asking him to head a commission of inquiry into the allegations.

 Only the country’s president can appoint a judicial commission.  

City Press

  • thato.seloane - 2012-12-23 11:02

    More foolish then being duped. These are the same idiots that issues the Afcon a few Yeats ago because didn't read the RULES AGAIN

  • thato.seloane - 2012-12-23 11:04

    More foolish then being duped. These are the same idiots that issues the Afcon a few Yeats ago because didn't read the RULES AGAIN

  • snagdee - 2012-12-23 11:05

    Expect anything. Suspension or expulsion would'nt even affect South African soccer. Its the worst soccer playing nation in the world and the only way they could qualfy for a major competition is to put bribary as a forefront.

  • chirnsidep - 2012-12-23 11:16

    Corruption and fraud, the South African way. This is an inevitable culture in all facets of a society where reward is based on trivial superficial variables rather than merit!

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-23 11:30

      Let justice be done.

  • Marco Hajane - 2012-12-23 11:34

    does dat mean pitso knew abt this b4? if so he must also been suspended nd maybe face expalsion frm football nd also get seriours fine bcs he took safa to court bcs they fired him i wont be suprised if alberto paraira can be included

  • joko.makhoba - 2012-12-23 11:35

    fifa please expel our national team, they are a disgrace, they have been hammared left, right and centre. it will be sad though, but we deserve it.

  • chadjason.wilson - 2012-12-23 11:35

    Fifa, welcome to SA, welcome.

  • philip.buys.1 - 2012-12-23 11:55

    Supend them, Fifa, suspend them, please.

  • gregory.hill.984 - 2012-12-23 12:09

    Dear FIFA, please look at our president, this is nothing to be surprised about, corruption and lies have become a way of life in this beautiful country.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-23 12:27

      Moron why attacking President when we talking about football, Wake up because even Apla is no more in the jungle

  • geraldsnr.ray - 2012-12-23 12:11

    How could they do this ???? Once again its officials put themselves before the game , have no sense of shame , FIFA , explel SAFA for 3 years , that would wake them up , the world owes us nothing. I feel for the players and the fans.

  • john.knipe.10 - 2012-12-23 12:13

    I thought FIFA was a bigger soccer body than SAFA so the 'investigation' launched by SAFA in response to the evidence presented by FIFA seems to me like stalling tactics, The problem is that even if they fire these guys the replacements will probably be more corrupt.

  • smadingoaneng - 2012-12-23 12:19

    those individuals involved in this match fixing should be given a harder punishment not our national team.

  • more.pido - 2012-12-23 12:21

    kick sum ass fifa

      nicolesoccerbabe.take - 2012-12-23 12:41

      That's SA will get kicked, not culprits involved

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-23 12:23

    Please do me a favour by hanging these basterds or else they must pay me back all my money that I have wasted on those games!

  • nicolesoccerbabe.take - 2012-12-23 12:30

    If FIFA goes all the way and ban us, the names involved must pay us in a hard way,I can't believe the big mouthed Pitso,Mumbe,Carelse are also involved,as for navy Nematandani they also need to check his nationality,our blackest south africans are not so nav and shiny,we knew when he was appointed we were up for trouble,I say bring back all of them from former president Olifant,they must be dealth with AFRICAN style.Period!!! #mob justice

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-23 12:34

    Can't I serve on this SAFA Panel so that I can be to live a porsh life!

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-12-23 12:37

    It seems CSA, Safa and Saru are competing to screw the South African public the most. Wish I could say I am surprised, but I'm not and that is sad expecting this from our useless officials. No mercy Fifa, give us what we deserve

      nicolesoccerbabe.take - 2012-12-23 12:42

      Do we realy deserve that? I'm innocent n so I deserve to watch my country compete,my country is innocent too.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-12-23 14:01

      Unfortunately, it's not about what we the people deserve. Ignoring the fact that Fifa wrote the book on corruption, what these officials did needs to be punished. A few years out of international football may just be what we need to clean out the useless organisation and put some decent structures in place. If the likes of Ghana and Ivory Coast can field teams with players of genuine international quality, why can't we? Bafana Bafana can't get any worse and I for one am tired of the rubbish they have produced for the past number of years. we need to hit rock bottom before we can start building a team to be proud of.

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2012-12-23 12:51

    Sheittt, writing is on the wall!!!

  • peters.rapula - 2012-12-23 12:56

    not surprised at all,des is de result of having a lot an suddenly u dnt know what to do with what u're left with.but we poor people we're travelling 2 to 3 hrs for medical help.

  • rodney.louis.7 - 2012-12-23 13:03

    safa u guys are pathetic.lets give control of soccer to the rugby guys !!! Atleast they are winning fairly !!

  • bcluley - 2012-12-23 13:06


  • Louis Minnie - 2012-12-23 13:07

    Suspend them FIFA!

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-23 13:29

    Who blew the whistle.....first of all not everyone was happy that SA was chosen to host the FIFA world cup 2010 both international and locally even other African countries.....the worst part South Africa hosted the world cup successfully thus making many very jealous......match fixing SAFA is not the devil.....many sports associations have done it......this is pure jealousy hidden under match fixing......

      Wikus Erasmus - 2012-12-23 14:02

      Always the victim hey? If you are guilty, you must hang. Regardless of who blew the whistle. just because you're not caught doesn't justify your actions.

      Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2012-12-23 16:20

      @mbuso,jealous of what? The world cup is hosted by the government not SAFA alone and besides Bafana became the first host to be eliminated in the first round after winning against a demoralised France worst still under a cloud of controvesy because I still suspect fowl play in that red card.

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-12-23 13:35

    You do the crime, u must so the time..... Suspend them.

  • cry.mashiane - 2012-12-23 13:37

    Makes no difference if we're suspended or not, it's not like we have an impact in these international tournaments anyway.

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-12-23 13:41

    Cause of few people the whole nation might suffer. These are the same old dudes that misread the qualification rules for AFCON.

  • - 2012-12-23 13:41

    As I understand it, these guys are on 'special paid leave', whatever that means. They are guilty as anything but are still getting paid. They stole people's money but are getting paid. No wonder our soccer is in a mess. I feel sorry for the fans and players. Hansie Cronje was given a lifetime ban for match fixing. The same should happen to these guys. Or is it to be different rules for soccer?

  • Abdulcarrim Essa - 2012-12-23 13:51

    SAFA seems to have taken a leaf from the ANC. Steal and lie.

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2012-12-23 14:00

    Betting fraud with a view to IMPROVE Bafana's ranking??? You mean they are actually WORSE than we thought?!?!?????

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2012-12-23 14:16

    I hope this allegations can help Pitso keep his big mouth.the self proclaimed 'best coach in Afrika'

  • - 2012-12-23 14:16

    I say suspend/expel SAFA and teach them a bloody lesson!! They have embarrassed a nation and should do the time.

  • - 2012-12-23 14:27

    Corruption ,.................ooooooh there we go again!

  • samueldihnos.meso - 2012-12-23 15:02

    Just hope the law will take it's course.

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-12-23 15:50

    the sad reality here is that SAFA have cheated which is not welcome in any sport no matter who you are or what the sport is. We must accept the fact that FIFA may and can suspend us from international games even though they are not the most honest. Take whats coming to you because you were found guilty of cheating. people now wonder if any of the games we have played in were fixed or not. I have always beleived there is corruption in SA football and now my feelings have been found to be true and justifies the reason why i prefer supporting the english premier league and the England football team. Shame on you SAFA

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-12-23 15:58

    Oooohhh sheeeeeet!!!! There goes CAF cup 2013

  • leon.carstens.77 - 2012-12-23 16:29

    Well that is the norm of beloved South Africa these days doesn't matter parliament or sports!!!

  • dragula66 - 2012-12-25 17:47


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