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'The match fixing happened under my watch during 2010' - Former SAFA President Shares

South Africa is one of the best continent, however this only speaks of the standard of football in Africa. There's a lot of things that the country comes up short on more especially when it comes to international football. SAFA is the governing body of South African football and they are in charge at every level. There has always been rumors of corruption happening within the ranks and the manipulation of the beautiful game.

This former SAFA President was in charge during the 2010 World Cup. This will go down as the finest moment in South Africa's history. A lot was happening during this period as far as football was concerned. He found in trouble with FIFA and ultimately suffered the penalty. This was definitely a wake up call to those who are contributing to the corruption in football.

Kirsten Nematandani sat down for an interview with Thabiso Mosia to discuss what he has been up to recently. He also spoke on the FIFA ban which saw him out from partaking in football activities for 5 years. He maintained that he was innocent and admitted that match fixing under his leadership. This implied that he didn't partake but is taking responsibility for not noticing and stopping it.

"My five year ban ended in December and its a huge relief. I couldn't do anything involved with football. But this period gave me a chance to be close to my people and the Lord. I still maintain my innocence and I have forgiven them"

He went on to claim that he became unpopular within the members after refusing to partake in sharing the R450-million Legacy Fund. He then shared that the country didn't fully take advantage of the perks that came with hosting the world cup.

"There is a lot that we achieved by hosting the World Cup in 2010 but there's a lot we didn't capitalize on..I was also not popular because of what happened with the Legacy Fund. The members wanted to share this money (R450 million) amongst themselves and I refused"

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