But contract was cancelled

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Sbu Mngadi, the former South African Football (SAF) acting chief executive, had negotiated the highest-ever appearance fee for the botched international friendly with Colombia.

If the deal had gone through, the South African Under-23 national soccer side would have played against Colombia two weeks ago.

But the friendly was cancelled after Mngadi was accused by South African Football Association's (Safa) top brass of negotiating the deal without their knowledge.

This led to Safa president Molefi Oliphant writing a letter to Mngadi in which he said negotiations for football appearance fees were the responsibility of the federation.

Shortly after receiving the letter from Oliphant, Mngadi did not renew his contract with SAF.

He said he had nothing to hide because the controversial match negotiations "were done above board".

A former journalist, Mngadi, who is also a businessman, had negotiated for a deal more than R35million with Saxxon Y CIA for the game - a record deal.

But it was agreed that Saxxon - the match agents - would receive R7million as their fee for the game.

According to a copy of the contract, SAF would receive more than R16million by May 28 and the balance would be paid by June 22.

But that was subject to the match taking place.

"The negotiations were done properly and anybody can check the papers," said Mngadi.

"That would have been the highest-ever appearance fee for a national soccer team. I don't understand why do people make allegations they cannot prove."

Mngadi said: "Whoever is behind the story is conducting a campaign against me, which is unfortunate. I will definitely sue to defend my good name."

Mngadi said that he also dismissed out of hand insinuations that the American banking account on the contract was unknown to his former employers.

"That account belongs to Saxxon, we had no direct negotiations with Bavaria SA," said Mngadi.

Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane, newly appointed executive of Safa's commercial wing, said he would meet Mngadi today.

"I will be receiving a comprehensive report from Mngadi because he was the accounting officer. I will take it from the report," said Nonkonyane.