D-Day turns into fist fight

2018-10-04 06:02
Disappointed Helderberg LFA executive members Themba Ngxovu and Mzukisi Madondile have assured local soccer fans that they will not side with any team when they sit down to deal with the dispute between local soccer clubs.PHOTO: velani ludidi

Disappointed Helderberg LFA executive members Themba Ngxovu and Mzukisi Madondile have assured local soccer fans that they will not side with any team when they sit down to deal with the dispute between local soccer clubs.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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What was meant to be the decider for the senior league of the Helderberg Local Football Association (LFA), turned into a fist fight at the Lwandle Sports Complex on Saturday 29 September.

The match saw Two For Joy FC locking horns with Young Bafana Academy, and the outcome of the encounter would determine the league champions. A victory for Two For Joy would’ve meant they retained the league title, while a draw or defeat would hand the trophy to Cape Royal FC.

The high-flying Young Bafana (YB) had nothing to lose, but on the day they played like a team possessed and dominated the match.

YB claimed the lead on two occasions, but the tenacious Two For Joy refused to back down and cancelled their lead each time (2-2).

About 15 minutes before the final whistle, trouble started on the pitch. Two For Joy’s players launched a protest when YB apparently brought a player who had been red-carded in a previous game.

Veron Peter, the player in question, was introduced to the field of play in the second half.

It is alleged that he had physically attacked a match official during the previous league outing, who in turn laid a complaint against him.

With the protest by Two For Toy players, the referee immediately stopped the match as coaches and players slurred insults at other; members of Cape Royal FC also joined in the verbal attack.

When LFA officials announced that the league winner would not be announced until the disciplinary hearing on the protest launched by Two For Joy is held, a player of Cape Royal FC apparently punched a LFA officials.

With the match ending 2-2, Cape Royal FC are the league champions, but they will have to wait for the outcome of the disciplinary hearing before this result is cemented.

“It was a disappointing day for football,” said Mzukisi Madondile, chairperson of the Helderberg LFA.

“It is even more disappointing that people who once played in the highest league in the country can display such behaviour.”

He confirmed that Two For Joy lodged a formal complaint on Monday (1 October), and said the LFA’s Disciplinary Committee is preparing for a sitting soon.

“Findings will be shared as soon as the processes are completed. Then the team who lost the case will be given seven days to appeal the outcome,” Madondile explained.

“The Helderberg LFA has informed Safa Cape Town in writing that there has been a delay in submitting the name of the league winner, as a result of the complaint.”

The league winner is set to represent the Helderberg LFA in the Safa CT play-offs. The name of the league champions was to be submitted to Safa CT on Monday.

Said Helderberg LFA, deputy chairperson Themba Ngxovu: “We are not taking sides on the matter, although some people feel like we are siding with a certain team. However, I can assure all local soccer fans that is not the case.”

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