Ncobo drops bombshell

2009-11-21 15:39

FORMER Premier Soccer League (PSL) general manager Ace Ncobo has made a startling allegation that local soccer is “rotten to the core”.

Ncobo, who was pushed to ­resign this week under a cloud following his failure to pass a lie-detector test, revealed he has compiled a dossier that would stun local ­soccer.

But without naming individuals, the former no-nonsense Fifa accredited referee, said clubs and soccer officials were aware of the “rottenness”, but were somehow reluctant to come into the open.

Ncobo cited an example of a referee who gave evidence in the ­Durban High Court against a former colleague during the corruption and match fixing investigation – Operation Dribble.

He is still mulling over how to make public the dossier, saying he does not want it to be in the hands of the very people who are at the centre of the soccer malice.

Ncobo said he has names of people, dates, times, places and the amounts which were given.

“I am not reckless and I have to be careful as I don’t want this information to be used as a tool against the league because this was not the purpose of gathering the information. The primary reason was not to kill the league but to clean it up as I was hoping those involved would come forward to own up,” said Ncobo.

This week Ncobo volunteered to take a lie detector test following allegations that he told certain referees to gather information that could implicate Orlando Pirates in match ­fixing.

The allegations were made by referee Jonas Nhlapo, who has been on ice since he failed a polygraph test earlier this year. Four other match officials have also been suspended after failing the test.

But before the glare of the media contingent, Ncobo surprised the public by failing the test, resulting in his humiliating tendering of his resignation.

But despite his world collapsing around him, he put up a brave face by proclaiming his innocence.
“I have no regrets at all.

“I did not fail the test as people made it out to be because the results were inconclusive.”

PSL chief executive Kjetil Siem said it was going to be difficult to keep Ncobo in the system after what had happened.
He said they would no longer continue with their investigations of the allegations.

The position of the league’s general manager has been plagued by controversies.

Before Ncobo’s appointment 14 months ago, the previous incumbent Andrew Dipela also left under a cloud of allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him.  

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