Local News 17.8.2016 12:26 pm

Former Safa president faces six-year Fifa ban

Kirsten Nematandani (Photo by Lefty  Shivambu / Gallo Images)

Kirsten Nematandani (Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images)

Fifa recommended a six-year ban for the former Safa president for his role in a match-fixing scandal.

This comes after the committee concluded its investigation into the roles played by former SA Football Association (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani, Jonathan Musavengana (former official of the Zimbabwe FA) and Banna Tchanile (former Togo coach) in friendlies played in South Africa before the 2010 World Cup.

In a statement, Fifa announced that the committee had recommended life bans for Musavengana and Tchanile.

The Fifa statement:

“Investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee concludes investigation into Kirsten Nematandani, Jonathan Musavengana and Banna Tchanile.

The deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the independent ethics committee, Djimbaraye Bourngar, has concluded his investigation into the activities of Kirsten Nematandani, former president of the South African Football Association (Safa), Jonathan Musavengana, former official of the Zimbabwe Football Association, and Banna Tchanile, former coach of the national team of Togo.

As chief of investigation, Mr Bourngar submitted the respective reports, including the relevant recommendations together with the investigation files, to the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, which is chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert. The investigations into the three individuals were initiated in relation to their specific conduct in the organisation of several international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.

In his final report, the chief of investigation recommends the sanction of a ban for no less than six years and a fine of no less than CHF 10 000 for Mr Nematandani for an apparent violation of art. 13 pars 1-4 (General Rules of Conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty) and art. 18 (Duty of Disclosure, Cooperation and Reporting) of the Fifa Code of Ethics (FCE).

Furthermore, he recommends the sanction of a lifelong ban for both Mr Musavengana and Mr Tchanile for the apparent breach of art. 13 pars 1-4 and art. 21 pars 1 and 3 (Bribery and corruption) of the FCE.

Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, the accused are presumed innocent.”

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