REMINDER TO SAFA FROM FIFA
By: Mncedisi Goge
FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke yesterday sent a written letter to the South African Football Association (SAFA) and Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula reminding them of what transpired in the meeting on the 5th April at FIFA’s head office in Zurich.
In this meeting, SAFA, Mbalula and Valcke agreed upon the setting up of an Independent Judicial Commission of Enquiry into the match fixing scandal surrounding Bafana Bafana’s friendly matches building up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala.
In a letter sent to all parties involved, it read, “Herewith we would like to emphasise that any other issues not related to the above should be handled entirely by the South African Football Association (SAFA), as otherwise this would constitute interference in the internal affairs of the SAFA affairs by a third party and would clearly violate the principles contained in articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes.”
“We thank you for respecting the terms of our agreement,” concluded the letter signed by FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke.
The final report of the findings will have to be submitted to President Jacob Zuma within a month after the commission finishes.