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Football: Former South Africa assistant coach jailed for match fixing

Published on Feb 13, 2013 8:56 PM

CAPE TOWN (REUTERS) - A former South Africa assistant coach has been sentenced to eight years in jail for trying to bribe a referee to help a lower-league team, the South African Football Association (Safa) announced on Wednesday.

Phil Setshedi, who was Clive Barker's assistant when South Africa won the 1996 African Nations Cup, will serve three years with the other five suspended.

He had been found guilty on Tuesday in a Cape Town court of trying to influence the outcome of a match in the promotion play-offs from the third tier of South African football in mid-2011.

The court heard he had offered money to a match referee to help the team he represented win.

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