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Hawks probe Safa scandal

The Hawks have been roped in to probe the Safa ‘match fixing’ scandal.

South African Football Association (Safa)

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Football Association (Safa) on Monday roped in the Hawks to probe a match fixing scandal which has led to some of the football body's top officials being asked to go on special administrative leave.

Five senior executives at Safa house are being investigated for allegedly making a deal with a company linked to an Asian soccer betting syndicate in the run up to the 2010 World Cup.

Now acting Safa president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said convicted Singaporean matchfixer Wilson Raj Perumal has fingered suspended Safa president Kirsten Nematandani in the scandal.

"This syndicate actually wrote a letter suggesting they had been at meetings with our president indicating that our president gave the go-ahead."

Nonkonyana said in a bid to clear the Safa name, he was asked to open up a case with police.

"I was also mandated to lodge a criminal complaint with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Hawks."

He added there has been indication that some officials may have pocketed money during the controversial deal.

Nematandani, CEO Dennis Mumble and former CEO Lesley Sedibe are among the top ranking officials mentioned in Fifa's report.

The football body revealed Football4U International organised match officials who officiated at Bafana Bafana warm up games ahead of the 2010 world cup.

Nonkonyana said the company had links with soccer betting syndicates in various Asian counties.

He said Safa will establish a commission of inquiry as a matter of urgency.

The acting president said they can't say whether the inquiry will be open to the public.

"We are an entity of the tip of South Africa and we are committed to the values and principles in our constitution but this is not our call - we will discuss this matter with the judge."

Safa also sent an apology to FIFA.