Nematandani points at international gambling ring behind Safa bans

Fifa earlier announced the ban of Leslie Sedibe, Adeel Carelse and Steve Goddard from all football activity.

Kirsten Nematandani. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former South African Football Association (Safa) President Kirsten Nematandani says it was an international gambling ring that initiated the alleged match fixing that's now lead to three former Safa officials being banned by Fifa's Ethics Committee.

Fifa announced this afternoon that current Proudly South African Chief Executive Officer Leslie Sedibe has been slapped with a five-year ban, while former Safa officials Adeel Carelse and Steve Goddard have each been banned for two years.

The bans are linked to international friendlies played in South Africa in 2010, where alleged match fixing took place.

But Nematandani says locals were probably influenced by a gambling ring.

"This is not an issue initiated by our fellow South Africans; these were people from outside who are doing gambling and probably use whatever means they have to try and involve our people. Whether they knew or not, is another issue."

Earlier today, the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee announced, in a statement, the ban on the three officials from all football-related activities at both national and international level.

The investigation, initiated on November 2014, against former football officials of Safa was conducted by Cornel Borbély, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, in collaboration with the Fifa Security Division.

The investigation relates to the proceedings against Lindile Kika, which were decided in October 2015.

Kika was banned from all football-related activities for six years by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee.

All bans come into force immediately.