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SAFA Bury Sedibe Lawyers In Paperwork, Match-Fixing Case Postponed

Leslie Sedibe, the former SAFA CEO, is in for another long wait after his court case against his previous employers was postponed.

He had expected to finally get a chance to clear his name from a five-year ban issued by world governing body FIFA three years ago at the Johannesburg High Court this morning, but the will have to find a new date. 

Sedibe is suing SAFA for R5-million – seven years following allegations of match-fixing involving Bafana Bafana matches prior to the 2010 World Cup first emerged and were reported on. 

Read: PSL Match Official Demoted! Faces 12 Weeks Programme 

It was during his tenure as SAFA CEO that the senior men’s national team games against Thailand, Bulgaria, Guatemala and Colombia in May 2010 were targeted by match-fixers from an Asian online betting syndicate. 

SAFA confirmed in a statement last night that the case had been adjourned because “Mr Sedibe materially changed the nature of his claim” against the association and that “the case was not properly ready to proceed”.

The Siya crew also understands that SAFA could have also buried Sedibe’s legal team in paperwork – around 200 pages that had to be studied just days before today’s trial.

This, according to a source close to the case, there were documents Sedibe’s lawyers had not been able to receive from SAFA for some time.      

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