FIFA have banned former SAFA official Lindile ‘Ace’ Kika for six years for his role in alleged match-fixing prior to the 2010 World Cup.
Kika, then the association’s head of national teams, was among five SAFA officials suspended in December 2012 after they were mentioned in a match-fixing report.
But their suspensions were reversed and they were reinstated a month later.
Now, after an investigation lasting almost a year, Kika has been banned by FIFA’s Independent Ethics Committee.
A statement read: “The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has banned Lindile Kika, a former official of the South African Football Association (SAFA), from all football-related activities at national and international level for six years. The ban is effective immediately.
“The proceedings against Lindile Kika were opened in November 2014 in relation to several international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010. The investigation was led by the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Dr Cornel Borbély, in collaboration with the FIFA Security Division.
“The decision was taken on the basis of a
rt. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty), art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest) and art. 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”