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SAFA Open Up On Gomes And Bribery Allegations

SAFA Have Commented On Bribery Allegations

By Soccer Laduma - Apr 11, 2018 03:56 PM

The South African Football Association has opened up on referee Victor Gomes and the bribe he was allegedly offered in a recent match. 

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It is understood that Gomes was allegedly offered a bribe for the CAF Confederation Cup match he recently officiated in.

As confirmed by SAFA, Gomes and his team of South African match officials refused the bribe for the match between  Plateau United of Nigeria and Algeria’s USM Alger.

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) has lauded the action of South African match officials who refused to be bribed ahead of an important CAF African Confederations Cup tie between Plateau United of Nigeria and Algeria’s USM Alger.

“Top SAFA referee Victor Gomes was approached to fix the result of the first leg clash that took place this past weekend (Saturday, 7 April 2018) in Nigeria, but instead reported the matter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), who are investigating the issue,” confirmed SAFA.

“Our referees have conducted themselves impeccably well in the sense that they were able to identify and report the issue immediately to CAF for them to make further investigations on the matter. Because it was a CAF appointment, they wrote a report and sent it to them, and they (CAF) are dealing with it,” said Tenda Masikhwa, SAFA’s Head of Referees.

“Gomes was in Lagos where he was assisted by Johannes Moshidi and Athenkosi Ndongeni, together with Thando Ndzandzeka, who was the fourth official.

Gomes said they were offered US$30 000 (R362 556) in cash but turned it down and immediately reported the matter to CAF.

“Masikhwa says the honesty displayed by Gomes and company is partly because of the integrity workshops being conducted by SAFA throughout the country. Part of the integrity workshops is early detection of corrupt activities and reporting them to authorities without delay,” added SAFA.

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“Our officials showed the rest of the continent and the world that they won’t tolerate corruption within the game. We are proud of what they did and this is why South African referees are so much sought after and are highly regarded on the continent,” said Masikhwa.

“On 13-14 February this year, we held an Integrity Workshop in Sandton, Johannesburg where two FIFA representatives articulated the need to have honest and upright match officials; people of integrity within our game. What we see today are the fruits of that particular workshop,” added Masikhwa.

Plateau United won the match 2-1. 


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laqwela Joined: 21 Jul 2017
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laqwela Apr 30, 2018 08:46 AM
well done Gomes
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Ntsimbi08 Joined: 10 Jan 2013
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Ntsimbi08 Apr 23, 2018 03:25 PM
@The-Lip which planet are you from? It is the 4 year drought thats the evidence jeez man , you the domkop
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The-Lip Joined: 04 Sep 2017
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The-Lip Apr 23, 2018 09:23 AM
@Ntsimbi08 are domkop or what???? i said give us evidence if you don't have one jusssst shut up coz you are assuming.
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JackKhosi Joined: 20 Mar 2018
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JackKhosi Apr 19, 2018 12:34 PM
@dankiesan82 How on Earth could he give a wrong Player a Red card. Is it bcos he doesnt know Arrows players? How long has he been refering in the PSL? for Months? NO, Fact is he knew who the culprit was and acted like he didnts see a thing cos he knew that his excuse was gonna be " I made a mistake, that red card cost Arrows that game, that match should have been replayed, but bcos toothless Khoza and his Squeeza Manto run the PSL that wont happen.
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MaTshepiso Apr 13, 2018 07:51 AM
@chuxinho ..when was that? You are not telling the truth again.
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chuxinho Apr 12, 2018 02:37 PM
@MaTshepiso South Africa bribed Ghanaian officials and FIFA caught them
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setlaboswana Joined: 20 Mar 2012
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setlaboswana Apr 12, 2018 08:16 AM
@MaTshepiso, not only Nigerians my friend, we also face the same challenges here in South Africa, just that these incidents are not reported.
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setlaboswana Apr 12, 2018 08:02 AM
@Chicharito07, well said mate.
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fisto vs zebraditor Apr 12, 2018 03:16 AM
Mxxxm
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MaTshepiso Joined: 21 Jan 2011
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MaTshepiso Apr 11, 2018 10:16 PM
Nigerians again. These people are really corrupt. They even hijacked buildings
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Chicharito07 Apr 11, 2018 10:00 PM
@setlaboswana they won't take it serious since corruption is their first name. CAF stands for Corruption of Afrikan Football, fair play to Gomez and co.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Apr 11, 2018 09:40 PM
Weldone Gomes i hope sum of ur collique wll do the same
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khezwana73 Apr 11, 2018 08:48 PM
@Ntsimbi you definitely need a psychiatrist.
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Madredz Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Madredz Apr 11, 2018 08:28 PM
Gomes only take brown envelopes from chiefs. How good is that?
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setlaboswana Joined: 20 Mar 2012
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setlaboswana Apr 11, 2018 07:33 PM
Bribe is a crime in South Africa, but is regarded as "giving" in most parts of Africa. I doubt the CAF guys will take it serious.
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Michaeltshigama Apr 11, 2018 06:37 PM
I don't believe him coz the guy officiate nonsense domestically
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Apr 11, 2018 06:11 PM
Its funnyt though.... in the Psl Gomes is the worst referee yet one of the best kwi Caf mhmmmmm what are missing here?
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Apr 11, 2018 06:08 PM
When they said SA's trusted referee i laughed and insulted Gomes but i guess Caf saw it right through him that his and can be trusted
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rifah Joined: 22 Jan 2013
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rifah Apr 11, 2018 05:54 PM
Give the credit where it is due. Thank you so much Gomez and his company, you did a good job. Maybe FIFA will start looking at our ref officials for World Cup games
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Ntsimbi08 Apr 11, 2018 05:53 PM
@The-Lip ohh spare me your pathetic view,thats a real issue in case you not aware Bobby is just as bad as those guys but tell what they take his money coz they are scared. Bribery nevery worked last weekend papa

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