Royals claim top spot

2018-10-18 06:03

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Cape Royal FC are this year’s Helderberg Local Football Association (LFA) league champions after a dispute launched by Two For Joy was dismissed last Tuesday (9 October) evening.

City Vision recently reported on the last league match between Two For Joy and Yong Bafana Academy, which turned into a fist fight following objections that the latter had fielded an illegitimate player (“D-Day turns into fist fight”, 4 October). This match, which was eventually called off by the referee after the on-field fight, would determine the league winners, with both Two For Joy and Cape Royal in the running to claim the league.

The Young Bafana player Veron Peter had apparently been red-carded in the Young Bafana’s previous match.

Ricardo Daniels of the Helderberg LFA confirmed to City Vision that the red card did not stand, but declined to provide further details on the matter.

“All the teams have been informed of the decision by the LFA’s Disciplinary Committee (DC) and I can’t provide any further details, apart from the fact that the red card did not stand,” Daniels explained.

Before the DC gathered on the dispute, allegations of a compromised committee did the rounds on social media, along with claims that the matter would not be judged objectively.

As a result, the DC then invited officials from Safa Cape Town to offer advice on the matter. “As it stands, Cape Royal are the champs,” said Lunga Smile, secretary of the Lwandle LFA.

“The trophy handover and celebrations will be put on hold for seven days to allow Two For Joy the chance to appeal the verdict. If the club does not take that option, we will officially crown Cape Royal FC as the league champions.”

When pulsed on the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings, Helderberg LFA chairperson Mzukisi Madondile said: “We are very cautious of the rules and processes around legal proceedings. It will take us up to seven days to officially announce the league champions due to the appeal process.

“He further also said he learnt a lot from the case, as it was the first time something like this had occurred under his tenure. “There is a lot to take out from the case as an administrator.

“We need to do introspection in terms of some regulation updates, as people may say it is outdated. For me, speculation and misleading comments became very apparent during the process.”

The Helderberg LFA also announced that there will be no relegation of teams from Stream A, but four teams from Stream B will be promoted to the top league. The organisation plans to start a reserve league to give players warming the bench much-needed game time.

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