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Mbalula asked to act on match-fixing saga

Safa is awaiting on Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula to act against a damning report by FIFA on match-fixing.

Safa is awaiting on Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula to act against a damning report by FIFA on match-fixing. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Football Association (Safa) on Thursday said it requested Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to intervene in a match-fixing scandal that led to its president and four other staff members being placed on special leave.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani was suspended last week after he and other employees, including former CEO Leslie Sedibe, appeared in a report that found Bafana Bafana's warm-up matches leading up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup were fixed.

Acting Safa president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana recommended that a commission of inquiry be appointed to investigate the allegations in the FIFA report.

Nonkonyana said they were waiting for Mbalula to respond on the matter before taking action.

"The matter is being considered. We are going to brief the National Executive Committee soon and the Sport Ministry. Soon we will be able to announce the way forward.