SAFA notes the media reports received today regarding FIFA’s disciplinary steps taken against a former SAFA employee, Mr. Lindile Kika.
SAFA welcomes the decision of FIFA’s Independent Ethics Committee and emphasise that the indivudual who has been investigated by FIFA investigation into possible match-fixing in 2010 is no longer employed by or active in the Association.
Since 2010, when the alleged match fixing scandal arose, the National Executive Committee has put in place a stronger governance framework by strengthening its Ethics Committee, aligned its Statutes to the FIFA Statutes and streamlined its match approvals process in line with FIFA’s strict requirements for the approval of international matches, amongst other things.
The Association will continue to work with the South African Government and FIFA to root out any misconduct in the organisation of matches and other football activities.
The Association await further communication from the FIFA Independent Ethics Committee in respect of their decision and will implement any further recommendations FIFA may make in this regard.
SAFA acknowledges the strong support of the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Fikile Mbalula, in the push to conclude this matter of match fixing and thank him for all of his efforts in this regard.