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Safa places 'match-fixers' on special leave

Safa announced they have placed officials involved in a match-fixing report on leave.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

NASREC - The South African Football Association (Safa) announced that several officials fingered in a FIFA match-fixing scandal will be placed on special administrative leave.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani and former CEO Lesley Sedibe are among top ranking officials mentioned in the report, who may have been involved in fixing matches ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

Acting Safa president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said the football body will establish a commission of inquiry as a matter of urgency

"The commission of inquiry will be set up under the leadership of a retired judge."

Nonkonyana said those administrators implicated in the FIFA report have been asked to leave their offices until the commission is done with its work.

But the spotlight has been on Safa president Kirsten Nematandani.

"The president would have to appear before the commission to explain his role in the matter," said Nonkonyane,

The acting Safa president also announced the appointment of Safa's Pinky Lehoko as acting CEO of the organisation.

The football association formed an Emergency Committee that resolved to write to FIFA and acknowledge the actions of certain members of its staff, leading up to the 2010 World Cup.

Chief Nonkonyane also said, "We hope that there will be no speculation about their presumed guilt or otherwise.

"We need to allow the investigation to take place speedily and fairly, so those that are innocent can be separated from those who are not."

Nonkonyana also announced the appointment of Pink Lehoko as acting CEO of the organisation.