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Setshedi guilty of match fixing

By Sports Staff | Dec 11, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

FORMER Bafana Bafana technical staff member Phil "Mr Jones" Setshedi has been found guilty of match fixing by the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court in Cape Town.

Setshegi worked with Clive Barker when Bafana Bafana won the Africa Cup of Nations finals on home soil in 1996 as his assistant.

He also played for Orlando Pirates where he doubled up as their coach. One of his incredible records was going 17 games unbeaten at one stage.

Prior to joining Pirates, Setshedi played for Moroka Swallows Babes.

Setshedi also used to operate a clothing shop at Carlton Centre that was frequented by top business people and celebrities.

Setshedi was convicted on Friday after being found guilty of an attempt to unduly and improperly influence the outcome of one of the 2011 Safa Vodacom play-off matches in Cape Town.

At that time Setshedi was attached to Sivutsa Stars but the Mpumalanga-based club were quick to distance themselves from him after he was busted by the police.

He was arrested on June 8 last year after making representations to Safa officials in a bid to influence the outcome of one of the matches.

Court proceedings commenced at Bellville Commercial Crimes Court in November last year and concluded on Friday when the accused was convicted of contravening section 15 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004.

The matter has been postponed to February 11 next year for pre-sentence hearings.

This is the first time the South African Football Association has secured such an historic conviction.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani said the conviction of Setshedi would send out a clear message to other potential corrupt elements that such behaviour has no place in South African football.

"This is a strong statement to anyone who might intend to tarnish the good name of the sport through match fixing or other unsporting behaviour. In accordance with Fifa and Safa's zero tolerance for corruption and match fixing, we would like to warn other potential criminals that the long arm of the law would not spare you," Nematandani said.

The Safa boss also praised the National Prosecutions Agency and the South African Police Service for their hard work in securing the conviction.

"This conviction is a clear example that the work we are doing with government agencies and the Fifa security department to root out corruption in football is starting to yield positive results."

Members of the public, players, football administrators and members of the media are encouraged to report suspicious activities in football on the 24-hour anti-corruption hotline number 0800 777228.

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Once a Pirate always a pirate.

Dec 11, 2012 7:42 | 0 replies

He learnt from the Master of Thieves "Robbin Hood" himself The Iron Duke

Dec 13, 2012 12:10 | 0 replies

What about Bobby Motaung?

Dec 13, 2012 10:48 | 0 replies

Give a man a bells

Dec 12, 2012 11:21 | 0 replies

Not surprised at all! This is the same guy who stole Shoes Moshoeu's money from the dressing room, after the Turkey based players went straight from the airport to the venue (I think it was Mmabatho stadium). The naive trusting players left their "loot" in his custody when they went into the field of play, only for Mr Jones to go back and ransack their bags.

Dec 11, 2012 3:51 | 0 replies

What is the charge? Life ban from all Football activities? is that going to stop you people from fixing votes for Football administrators? Football is full of cheats and is build on cheats, you take them out of Football then there is no more Football, it is a corrupt sport

Dec 11, 2012 9:24 | 0 replies

That explains all the goals scored in 3 seconds, all the dubious penalties awarded to rodents, now he must sing like a canary and tell which referees palms did he grease with instructions from the Nkandla boy father in law.

Dec 11, 2012 9:10 | 0 replies

A man was trying to make a living, he did not steal anybody's money, but was willing to give someone money, give him a break. How many corrupt FIFA Officials are there, the very same FIFA President who take bribes from would be World Cup holders, come on we know that SAFA bribed them to hold World Cup, we know that their nominations for Leadership of Football Associations are full of bribes, so how much was Setshedi influence amount to, maybe R2000 only and the case took almost a year of investigations for R2000? and you come tell us this will sent a clear message to all crooks, now investigate your Refs, they are cooking something, I tell you.

Dec 11, 2012 9:7 | 0 replies

CDL
Match fixing is better than MURDER!!!!!
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Of course much better than MURDER,FRAUD,FORGERY done by the FAT one aka Bobsteak

Dec 11, 2012 8:37 | 0 replies

He learnt from the master of bribes and king of thieves Khoza himself

Dec 11, 2012 8:34 | 0 replies

Match fixing is better than MURDER!!!!!

Dec 11, 2012 8:24 | 0 replies