ZURICH: Former South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani has been banned from football for five years for ethics violations writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
The ban arises from an investigation by the ethics chamber of world federation FIFA into the organisation of international friendlies in South Africa ahead of its hosting of the 2010 World Cup.
Former Zimbabwe FA executive Jonathan Musavengana and former Togo coach Banna Tchanile have been banned for life for bribery and corruption.
The only variation to the recommendations from the investigatory chamber had been its demand for a six-year ban for Nematandani.
In December 2012 Nematandani – then serving as SAFA president – was suspended by FIFA over “compelling evidence” that friendly internationals were fixed by Far East betting syndicates.
SAFA had been infiltrated by convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his Football 4U organisation.
Perumal organised referees for the games against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala, the outcomes of which were found to have been pre-arranged to benefit an Asian betting syndicate.
In January 2013 Nematandani was reinstated as SAFA president but not exonerated and he was replaced the following September after failing to earn a nomination in SAFA elections, by Danny Jordaan.
Ethics committee statement:
The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee chaired by Hans‑Joachim Eckert has banned Mr Kirsten Nematandani, former president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), Mr Jonathan Musavengana, former official of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), and Mr Banna Tchanile, former coach of the Togo national team, from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.
The three cases decided related to international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010, as well as to cases decided by the adjudicatory chamber in October 2015 and March 2016.
The investigations, initiated in September 2015, were conducted by Djimrabaye Bourngar, deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, and the final reports were passed to the adjudicatory chamber on 17 August 2016.
In this regard, Mr 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) and was sanctioned with a ban from taking part in any football-related activities for five years.
Furthermore, the adjudicatory chamber decided that Mr Musavengana and Mr 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.
As Mr Musavengana and Mr Tchanile failed to provide the adjudicatory chamber with their fax numbers, the terms of these decisions are exceptionally being made public on FIFA.com, as a form of notification, which is in line with art. 36 par. 2 of the FCE.
The bans are effective as of 8 December 2016, the date on which the decisions were published on FIFA.com.