Safa's recent connections with match-fixing saw five of its officials suspended including President Kirsten Nematandani, but after a recent meeting with the National Executive Committee it has been decided to reinstate the individuals implicated by the report submitted by Fifa investigators.
The report linked various Safa officials with Singapore match-fixer Wilson Perumal Raj and his Football 4U organisation, which led to their immediate suspension.
However following the meeting with the NEC, the committee released the following statement:
“Given the significance of the findings of the Fifa investigators, the investigation process that follows must be procedurally fair and sound to ensure firm outcomes. Therefore, the NEC took a number of critical decisions:
- To refer the match fixing report in its entirety (including requesting additional information from FIFA where necessary) to the appropriate Safa Standing Committees for analysis, action and appropriate recommendations to the NEC at its next meeting.
- Refer all decisions in respect of the match-fixing matter for processing by the appropriate bodies. In this regard, the CEO will address all staffing matter and the NEC will process matters concerning the CEO and any other NEC Members.
- To ensure appropriate resources are apportioned to the tribunal that will be set up and in this regard work closely with government as communicated by the Minister.
“These decisions will ensure that the process moves forward properly and speedily and allow due process in dealing with all parties concerned.
“In taking these decisions, the NEC is cognisant of the fact that it is also important for the Association to allow proper due process for all those implicated in the report. It is also clear, the NEC affirmed, that it is not possible, without further rigorous investigation, to assign guilt or to exonerate any of those named in the report.”
Nematandani released the following the statement to the media after the meeting, “We are determined to ensure that this report receives the critical attention that it deserves and that anyone found to have transgressed will be fully prosecuted, both in terms of Fifa and Safa codes of conduct, as well as through the criminal justice system, if necessary.
“It is critical that the integrity of the sport must be without question.”