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Soccer coach guilty of fixing

2012-12-10 18:24

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana assistant coach Phil "Mr Jones" Setshedi was found guilty of match fixing by the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, the SA Football Association said on Monday.

Setshedi's guilty verdict was handed down on Friday.

"Setshedi was found guilty of an attempt to unduly and improperly influence the outcome of a Vodacom League playoff match in Cape Town last year," spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said in a statement.

At the time of his arrest, Setshedi was involved with the Mpumalanga Sevutsa Stars, who were seeking promotion to the national first league in the Vodacom Promotional League Tournament.

He wanted to give the referee a R6 000 bribe for the Sevutsa Stars to win the match.

According to the charge sheet, a police undercover operation was set up. A police official, posing as the referee, met Setshedi in a hotel room. Setshedi was arrested in the room after giving him the bribe money.

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani said Setshedi's conviction would send out a clear message to "other potential corrupt elements". "This is a strong message to anyone who might intend to tarnish the good name of the sport through match fixing or other behaviour.

"We would like to warn other potential criminals that the long arm of the law would not spare anyone," Nematandani said.

The matter was postponed to February 11 for pre-sentence hearings.

Setshedi was assistant coach to Bafana Bafana when they won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations.

He also coached local soccer giants Orlando Pirates.

SAPA

Comments
  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-10 18:55

    U buggers r so f~~ greedy u can,t help yourselve,s can u?

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-10 19:13

    Mr Jones ,must have been in desperate need,of money to settle for R6000.00.

  • nmamabolo1 - 2012-12-10 19:48

    i m not suprised,he ws Pierats assistant coach back in the day n this is wht he learnt from the holes of Parktown.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-12-10 19:52

    Mr jones now qualifies for a senior position in the ANC.Watch this space,he'll soon be head hunted.

  • phookoj - 2012-12-10 20:36

    Once a pirate always a thief

  • shaun.miekle - 2012-12-10 21:40

    Look at the skin colour. That says it all

      chumani.m.ntlale - 2012-12-10 22:02

      Yo mamma

      selina.tsele - 2012-12-11 07:54

      Shaun this is a sport page, u knw where to utter ur senseless comments...

      gerald.mphuthi - 2012-12-11 09:36

      Yep skin colour.....not so different from Hansi Cronje's now is it ?

      makaveli.wamakaveli - 2012-12-11 21:16

      @ shaun, what do you mean about the skin colour, south african football is not run by blacks only, bring facts, not a racist comment,

  • vernon12345 - 2012-12-10 23:47

    Glad he was caught red handed

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-11 07:03

    Wow the first of how many I can bet you if this continues correctly there will be hundreds yes hundreds more convicted

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-11 11:37

    Wow if this is whats happening how many teams have been denied opportunities for promotion, while teams with money they dont play they buy no wonder why we dont have strikers in the PSL they have been denied opportunity to be there.

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