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Nematandani to meet Fifa officials

Safa boss Kirsten Nematandani will be in Zurich to discuss match-fixing allegations against him.

Safa boss Kirsten Nematandani will be in Zurich to discuss match-fixing allegations leveled against him. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) President Kirsten Nematandani will be flying to Zurich on Wednesday to meet with Fifa about match-fixing allegations.

The claim relates to a report which said Nemantandani was involved in match-fixing involving Bafana Bafana matches ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The planned meeting is expected to be attended by Mematandani, Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The purpose of the meeting is to make sure that all three parties are on the same page regarding the steps to be followed in probing the allegations.

Safa and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) recently met with Mbalula to discuss the setting up an independent commission of inquiry.

Mbalula was quoted at the weekend as saying he would travel to Zürich in an attempt to convince Fifa to allow him to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the allegations.

Fifa has a strict policy against government involvement in football matters because it often sees it as interference.

Five Safa officials, including Nematandani and acting chief executive Dennis Mumble, were suspended in December 2012 after they were implicated in the Fifa corruption probe.

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

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