FIFA set to exclude former head of the South African FA for match-fixing

Thomas Giles


As reported on FIFA’s official website, the head of the investigation into Mr Nematadani and two other people accused of match-fixing, Djimbaraye Bournga, submitted the case file to the arbitration department of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Mr Bournga recommended that FIFA should ban the ex-president of the SAFA from football activities for 6 years and that he should be fined up to 10 thousand. Swiss francs ($10.3 thousand). Whilst recommending that the other two subjects of the investigation, former Zimbabwe Football Association official Jonathan Musavengana and former coach of Togo Bana Chanile, be banned for life.

Kirsten Nematandani headed the Federation of South African football from 2009 to 2012. At the end of 2012, he and four other high-ranking officials were removed from their posts due to match-fixing scandals. The following FIFA investigation revealed that he was convicted on charges of match-fixing in 2011 along with Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal and his organization ‘Football 4U’.

It was assumed that Mr Perumal led an Asian betting syndicate which could have had an interest in South African national team friendly matches with Bulgaria (1:1), Thailand (4:0), Colombia (2:1) and Guatemala (5:0), marking the opening of the ‘Soccer City’ stadium in Johannesburg, which hosted the final of the 2010 World Cup.

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