Bafana Bafana crisis continues

Just two days after banking group Absa ended its six-year association with Bafana Bafana, sportswear manufacturer Puma has ended its association with the South African FA (Safa) following the match-fixing scandal involving the national team.

"Following match fixing allegations made against Safa along with inappropriate responses from within the football organisation (including the suspension of senior officials), PUMA terminated the contract with immediate effect," the company announced. "PUMA abides by a code of ethics in all areas of its business operations and expects its partners to adhere to the same values. PUMA would like to state that with notable exception to the issues in question it enjoyed a good working relationship with SAFA, and wishes them well for the future."

In December, a Fifa investigation found 'compelling evidence' that four South Africa friendlies had been fixed prior to their hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

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