Sascoc confirms match fixing inquiry

Sascoc says Safa members will face an independent inquiry into a Fifa report on match fixing.

Sascoc President Gideon Sam has confirmed a match fixing probe into Safa. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) on Tuesday said the South African Football Association (Safa) faces an independent inquiry into a Fifa report on match fixing.

Sascoc President Gideon Sam could not confirm when the inquiry would begin, but said the bodies would seek advice from Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula regarding details of the inquiry.

He said because the matter of match fixing had been reported to the police, many of the details sought remain subjudice.

"Top of the list was the whole issue of match fixing. We wanted to get an update of where we are.

The response that we got, which is to our satisfaction, is that there are two processes."

Sam said the Sascoc is happy that the issue is being dealt with.

He said they were willing to help Safa on any issues they needed assistance with.

"They are coming to us and asking us for assistance in putting together an independent commission that can deal with these issues."

Five Safa officials, including President Kirsten Nematandani and acting chief executive Dennis Mumble, were suspended in December after they were implicated in the Fifa corruption probe.

They were accused of fixing Bafana Bafana's warm-up games ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

Safa's national executive committee then turned the decision and reinstated the suspended executives in January, following a meeting with Mbalula.