Match-fixing spotlight back on SA
THE life bans handed down in Zimbabwe's Asiagate affair at the weekend have turned the spotlight back onto Bafana Bafana's own match-fixing scandal and the apparent attempts to brush the affair under the carpet.
An investigation launched earlier this year has petered out and the South African Football Association has shown no enthusiasm for investigating the possibility of corruption in its own ranks - in contrast to the way Zimbabwe has taken on the match-fixers.
Fifa and Safa have both previously admitted there is overwhelming evidence that the outcome of four of Bafana Bafana's pre-World Cup friendlies were fixed by an Asian betting syndicate who paid the referees, and potentially the opposing players, to engineer the desired result.
Safa chief executive Robin Petersen said yesterday that the body had written to Fifa in the last two months asking for clarity about the investigation but had received no response.
"We will continue to correspond with them and we have taken note of what has transpired in Zimbabwe over the past days," he said.
The infamous Singapore match fixer Wilson Perumal, who was at the heart of the Zimbabwe match-rigging scandal, was also the central figure in the Bafana affair. He entered into a successful business relationship with Safa, arranging friendly matches on the organisation's behalf.