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Suspended Safa officials reinstated

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani and other officials will be back at work after being suspended.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani and other officials will be back at work after being suspended.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) officials, including its president Kirsten Nematandani, who were suspended over a match-fixing scandal were reinstated on Saturday.

Safa confirmed all five officials that were allegedly involved in a bid to fix matches against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala leading up to the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup would be back on duty.

The officials, including Nematandani, former CEO Leslie Sedibe and acting CEO Dennis Mumble, were allegedly working with group based in Singapore, Football 4U, to fix matches leading up the 2010 World Cup tournament.

A FIFA investigation implicated the South African officials after match results were allegedly pre-arranged to benefit an Asian betting syndicate.

All five officials were placed on leave in December 2012.

The decision to reinstate the five officials was made after a SAFA delegation met with Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

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