Team wins silver without playing

2016-09-21 06:00
JUBILANT HTS Louis Botha players celebrate after being crowned this year’s Free State Copa Coca-Cola champions with Hareaipha "Simba" Marumo, sponsor ambassador (left).  Photo: Supplied

JUBILANT HTS Louis Botha players celebrate after being crowned this year’s Free State Copa Coca-Cola champions with Hareaipha "Simba" Marumo, sponsor ambassador (left). Photo: Supplied

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BOHLOKONG. Z Drama took centre stage at this year’s South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) Copa Coca-Cola Free State provincial games.

The Bodikela Primary School, representing the Thabo Mofutsanyana Region, came home with a silver medal as runner-up without playing in the finals.

The winner of the tournament was the HTS Louis Botha Primary School of Bloemfontein.

The team won the championship after beating the Bongani Primary School from Fezile Dabi by 2-0 in the final that took place in Bloemfontein.

The two teams advanced to the final stage of the tournament after they had finished top of their respective streams.

However, it was alleged that Bongani was disqualified after the group stages following a complaint from one of the officials.

The official revealed that some of the players had been defaulters and were not even learners of that school.

It is further alleged that at the time the team was found guilty, they were already on the field to play a final game.

The Bodikela players who were in the tunnel waiting to go on the field after they had heard the news of the group winners being disqualified, were reportedly told to go back and did not show up on the field.

Charles Molefe, school mentor, said he was told that they would not stop the game in front of the media who attended the game.

“We told them to stop the game, with just a minute from the referee’s whistle to blow, but they refused.

“I was irritated when we were called to receive silver medals even though we did not play in the finals,” he said.

Molefe believed that they could have won the tournament had they got a chance to play in the final.

“We have played Louis Botha before and I bet my last cent they were not going to beat us,” the disgruntled school mentor said.

Abie Lethoba, president of Sasfa, confirmed that Bodikela had been given the silver medals following the disqualification of Bongani.

“Bongani was disqualified for using defaulters, hence Bodikela got the medals,” he said.

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