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Former SAFA President Kirsten Nematandeni

Life bans for match fixing soccer officials

Former SAFA President Kirsten Nematandeni

Former SAFA President Kirsten Nematandeni

JOHANNESBURG – THE adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has banned three officials from the continent for involvement in match fixing.

Kirsten Nematandani, former president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), Jonathan Musavengana, former official of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) and Mr Banna Tchanile, former coach of the Togo national team, have been banned from football-related activities for between five years and a lifetime.

The three cases decided related to international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.

Nematandani was found guilty of having violated art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty) and art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE).

He was sanctioned with a ban from taking part in any football-related activities for five years.

Furthermore, the adjudicatory chamber decided that Musavengana and Tchanile had both infringed art. 13 and art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the FCE and imposed a life ban on the two former officials.

The bans are effective as of 8 December 2016.

Hans Joachim Eckert chaired the adjudicatory chamber.

Djimrabaye Bourngar, deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, conducted the investigations.

– CAJ News