Macufe Cup hangs in the balance

2016-10-05 06:00
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THE staging of this year’s edition of the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe) Cup football event appears to hang in the balance due to the apparent deadlock between the organisers, C Squared Group, and the South African Football Association (Safa) in the Free State.

The federation has refused to sanction the one-day event and to avail match officials for this showpiece which brings the curtain down on the ten-day festival.

The one-day competition features two Premiership rivals, Bloemfontein Celtic against Kaizer Chiefs.

Tuesday (04/10) at the time of going to print, Express reliably learnt the organisers were yet to apply to Safa in the Free State for the staging of the tournament on Sunday (09/10). Express is in possession of the letter from Safa Free State which vetoed the staging of the match.

Klip Moremi, Safa’s provincial secretary, said the organisers were informed last year about the requirement to stage this. He said the organisers’ communication was a letter requesting five match officials to render service, as opposed to application, as stated in a meeting last year.

“Based on our meeting’s resolution dated 10 October 2015, we have resolved that the 2016 match would be organised in partnership with Safa Free State and the resolution of the meeting was/is not complied with. The staging of the match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs in our province is not in compliance with Article 72 of the statutes which read as follows: ‘The authority for organising matches and competitions between teams affiliated to different regional football associations, between leagues and/or club teams’ lies solely with Safa Free State.

“ ‘No match or competition shall take place without the prior permission of the Safa provincial executive committee. In addition, permission from the relevant province may be required in accordance with the Safa regulations.’

“We did not receive an application from your company to organise or facilitate the arrangements of this match and it is contrary to our statutes and therefore the permission to play this match within our jurisdiction is not granted.

“We are therefore unable to provide match officials, because the match is not sanctioned as per our statutes,” Moremi stated in a letter addressed to the organisers.

He said Safa in the Free State would resolve to offer services as service provider, invoicing the C Squared Group.

Ben Moseme, co-director of the group, said the tournament will take place as planned.

“The tournament is on. We are dealing directly with Celtic and Chiefs,” said Moseme. He said the Premier Soccer League has given the two clubs the green light to participate in the event. “Safa’s role has been to provide match officials for the past years,” said Moseme, assuring football fans purchasing tickets for the one-day showdown not to panic.

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