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FOUR people have taken the fall so far in the Safa match-fixing scandal, but Steve Goddard claims there are more top officials with a lot to answer for, including former Bafana Bafana technical team members.
Fifa s ethics committee last Sunday banned former referee heads Goddard and Adeel Carelse for two years, and ex-Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe for five years. The trio was banned for infringing general rules of conduct, loyalty and duty of disclosure cooperation and reporting relating to match-fixing of International friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010
Official Lindile Ace Kika was banned for six years last October relating to the same charges.
Goddard believes he followed proper channels when he became aware that match-fixing was afoot, alerting current Safa CEO and then Bafana team manager Dennis Mumble, and then-president Kirsten Nematandani, .
He said he brought concerns to Nematandani on the dubious nature of Football4U, the front company of now-convicted Singaporean match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal, which Safa had signed up to arrange friendly matches and referees. He said these were not followed up.
Goddard alleged some members of the Bafana technical team had direct contact with Football4U before the matches.
Asked if he could respond to this allegation given he was part of the technical team, Mumble said he would not comment on any aspect of match-fixing, referring Sunday World to Safa head of ethics Poobalan Govindasamy, who neither answered his cellphone nor returned a text message to him.
If Goddard s allegations that the Bafana technical staff had direct contact with Football4U seem farfetched, they appear to be backed up by an assertion by Carelse that employees of the company sat in a pre-match meeting ahead of an SA under-23 friendly match against Egypt in January 2011.