Zuma leaves match-fixing inquiry to FIFA

The inquiry relates to alleged match fixing of Bafana games ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has decided not to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate the alleged match fixing and manipulation of soccer outcomes in relation to Bafana Bafana's pre-2010 World Cup international friendly matches.

The International Football Association, (FIFA), has advised the president there is currently a pending preliminary investigation on the same matter by FIFA.

Bafana fixtures against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala were placed under investigation last year after FIFA found evidence the results of the matches were manipulated by referees working for illegal Asian betting syndicates.

In November, FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, confirmed the international footballing body had set up its own ethics committee to investigate.

At the time, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula lashed out at FIFA, stating the country could handle its own matters.

The Presidency has released a statement confirming the investigation will be done by FIFA and not a Commission of Inquiry.

FIFA has stated that nations face sanctions should it be shown that government interference took place.