Former Safa boss lashes Fifa
Kirsten Nematandani says there has been no contact from Fifa regarding allegations of match-fixing.
JOHANNESBURG - Former President of South African Football Association (Safa), Kirsten Nematandani, has told EWN Sport that Fifa's failure to contact him with regard to their investigation of alleged match-fixing in Bafana Bafana games in 2010 is doing further harm to his reputation.
Bafana fixtures against Colombia, Guatemala, Thailand and Bulgaria were all placed under investigation following the revelation that a company linked to convicted bookmaker Wilson Raj Perumal, Football4U, was contracted to appoint match officials for those games.
These matches all occurred while Nematandani was Safa president.
Fifa announced in 2012 that it was investigating the matter and issued a report which mentioned, along with Nematandani, a number of current and former Safa employees.
In March of this year President Jacob Zuma announced that he wouldn't launch a government commission of inquiry into the allegations, leaving that to Fifa with their Secretary General Jerome Valcke saying in April, while here in South Africa, that they wanted to see closure on the matter.
Well, nearly five months later Nematandani has told EWN Sport that he hasn't heard a word from the soccer's global governing body.
"Certainly I need my good name and reputation be cleared. In life you only have that and nothing else."
Nematandani says that he's been given no indication whatsoever as to when the matter will be concluded.
"Yes I have been waiting in anticipation. I just hope somehow something gets done. This happened in December 2012 and we are almost approaching December 2014.
Nematandani says that his understanding was that this would be handled as a matter of urgency.
"That process I had anticipated that perhaps the speed in which it started would be the speed in which it's dealt with. Unfortunately until now, one is still waiting for this process to take place because I really need to happen so as to clear my name."
He says the unfortunate part is that he doesn't have control over the situation, but wishes to see the end of it and this will help him begin a new chapter in his life.
Nematandani has also confirmed that not only have Fifa not been in touch, but nobody else for that matter.
"I must confirm that no one has ever contacted me in regards to this."