South African Football club owner gets FIFA appointment

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Irvin Khoza, the owner of South Africa's Orlando Pirates football club has been appointed into the Dispute and Resolution Sub-Committee of the world's soccer governing body, FIFA.
Khoza, who has been at the centre of a multi-million dollar tax evasion probe, becomes the second South African after Sundowns' Managing Director, Anastasia Tsichlas, to serve on a FIFA Committee.
The Dispute and Resolution Sub-Committee handles issues such as player-contracts and the release of players by clubs for national assignments.
Khoza described the appointment as recognition of his contribution to soccer locally and internationally.
The Orlando Pirates boss was at the forefront of South Africa's World Cup hosting bid, which the country narrowly lost to Germany.
Khoza, who is also a member of the South African Football Association, has been facing allegations of evading tax amounting to 66 million-rand (about six million US dollars).
The matter is under review, and his lawyers expect it would be resolved amicably.
A few months ago, Khoza was acquitted on charges of illegal possession of firearms after police raided his Soweto home.

12 december 2001 19:56:00

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