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South Africa football suspends officials after FIFA report on soccer match-fixing claims

The South African Football Association suspended its president and four other officials Monday after a FIFA report into match-fixing ahead of the 2010 World Cup found "compelling evidence" that one or more games were fixed by betting syndicates.

In a statement Monday, the association said it issued an apology to the world soccer body and said it would launch its own internal investigation into the officials' actions. As part of the investigation, it said the association's committee asked President Kirsten Nematandani to "take a voluntary leave of absence from his position."

Four other association officials — Dennis Mumble, Lindile 'Ace' Kika, Adeel Carelse and Barney Kujane — also were asked to take voluntary leave, the statement said. Mwelo Nonkonyana, the association's vice president, has taken over as interim president.