SASCOC follow football developments closely

December 21st, 2012  |  Published in Media Releases

SASCOC continue to closely monitor allegations involving the South African Football Association (SAFA) and any supposed match-fixing prior to the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

The sporting body also dismissed out of hand recent media allegations that accused SASCOC of standing back and not becoming involved.

Following this month’s news of the allegations, SAFA President Mr Kirsten Nematandani immediately contacted SASCOC President Mr Gideon Sam to inform him of the match-fixing report received from world football governing body FIFA.

An emergency executive committee was then called by SAFA to meet with regards to the report. They would then continue to advise SASCOC on the way forward in this matter.

Said SASCOC Chief Executive Officer Mr Tubby Reddy on Friday: “The agreement between President Sam and SAFA was that this was a football issue between SAFA and FIFA and not a prudent time for SASCOC to become involved with at that particular time.”

“As per normal, in the interest of South African sport, we welcome and entertain all updates from everyone concerned as we monitor the situation.

“Subsequently, SAFA Vice-President, Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, was asked to act as President in the interim after the suspension of Mr Nematandani and other SAFA employees while investigations continued. It must be noted that Chief Nonkonyana also acted hastily to make contact with President Sam and further advise him of developments.

“On behalf of SASCOC I have also written to SAFA and requested a copy of the actual FIFA report which SASCOC will peruse as a matter of urgency.

“We continue to monitor the inquiry that is now in place and will act where necessary. It is most unfortunate to observe certain media reports that allege SASCOC are not becoming involved with this unfortunate saga. Accusations cannot simply be flung around groundlessly and the fact of the matter is that we are keeping a very close eye on proceedings in football, just as we do in all of our various codes.

“Good governance has always been a keystone of SASCOC’s codes and we will continue to urge all our National Federations to practice this at all times.

“I urge interested media to make themselves available of all the facts at their disposal before confusing the matter any further.”


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