Safa apologises to FIFA

Safa sent an apology to FIFA following the match-fixing scandal report.

Suspended SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Football Association (Safa) on Monday sent an apology to FIFA after some senior executives were implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The local soccer body on Monday announced the suspension of president Kirsten Nematandani and CEO Dennis Mumble.

Former CEO Leslie Sedibe and chief of referees, Steve Goddard, were also named in the damning FIFA report.

The match-fixing dates back to the weeks leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Acting President Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said although a commission of inquiry will investigate the scandal, Safa's reputation has been tarnished.

"We felt that we must apologise to FIFA for this [scandal]."

Nonkonyana maintains Safa was kept in the dark about the appointment of a company that organised match officials for Bafana Bafana's warm-up games in 2010.

It emerged that Football 4U International was under the control of an Asian betting syndicate.

Meanwhile, Sedibe has welcomed the inquiry and has pledged to take part in all its processes.