Former Safa head faces ban for fixing

18 August 2016 - 09:29 By NICK SAID

Former South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani faces at least a six-year ban from football and a R140,000 fine after being found to have contravened Fifa's code of ethics over alleged matchfixing in the buildup to the 2010 World Cup.Fifa's ethics committee made a recommendation of the sanctions yesterday, though it must still be ratified by the organisation's adjudicatory chamber.The committee also recommended life bans for former head of the Zimbabwe Football Association, Jonathan Musavengana, and Banna Tchanile, former coach of the national team of Togo.The investigations - led by the deputy chairman of the investigatory body, Djimbaraye Bourngar of Chad - follow the alleged manipulation of pre-World Cup qualifiers in South Africa by convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal through his company Football4U.Perumal entered into an agreement with Safa, of which Nematandani was president at the time, to provide referees for warm-up matches against Bulgaria, Colombia, Guatemala and Denmark.Fifa has already banned former Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe for five years and fined him R280000 for his role in the scandal. TMG Digital

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