Chaos follows decisions

2018-05-02 06:00
Mangaung Unite Katlego Motaung (in maroon) dribbles past the Kingston duo, Jessie Hamad (left) and Phillip Blom, during a final league fixture of the Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League on Sunday (29/04).Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite Katlego Motaung (in maroon) dribbles past the Kingston duo, Jessie Hamad (left) and Phillip Blom, during a final league fixture of the Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League on Sunday (29/04).Photo: Teboho Setena

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The crowning of the Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League is on ice.

This is after shambles arising from contradicting decisions by the South African Football Association (Safa) to allow one of the two important games to be played at a different time – contrary to an early directive that kick-off time was 15:00 for all last matches of the 16 clubs in the ABC Motsepe League.

All fixtures were shifted from Saturday (28/04) to Sunday (29/04). The federation in the province guaranteed to deploy their matching officials and authorities to oversee all games, including the two important matches that would determine the Free State’s ABC Motsepe League champions.

These involved local rivals, Bloemfontein Young Tigers and Mangaung Unite. Mangaung’s last fixture of the season, a derby, was against Kingston and was played at the University of the Free State’s sports ground.

Tigers played their game against Dikwena United at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo.

Mangaung, who were poised to be crowned as the ABC Motsepe champions after victory over Kingston, delivered as they won by 4 – 0.

Although Mangaung’s fixture was delayed, it kicked off as scheduled, opposing to Tigers vs Dikwena, which reportedly kicked off 45 minutes late – contrary to Safa’s directive that all matches kick off at 15:00.

Tigers reportedly won by 12 – 1 while other reports stated it was by 13 – 1 over Dikwena.

Safa is expected to confirm the match, of the 2017-’18 Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League, between Tigers and Mangaung later in the week.

Failure by Safa’s authority to avert the shambles has caused major outcry and Mangaung have expressed utter disgust. The federation is bound to decide in the boardroom who between Tigers and Mangaung are duly to the Free State ABC Motsepe League.

Mangaung’s celebration was put on ice due to Safa’s blunder of contradiction to allow one game kick-off late and others at 15:00 as its directive.

The decision has raised strong speculation over match-fixing involving Tigers and Dikwena.

Mzwandile Maforvane, Safa’s provincial chairperson, said the matter would be dealt with by the federation nationally to investigate.

“Safa’s authority must investigate the possibility of match-fixing and the teams colluding to influence the match,” said Marforvane.

Express was reliably informed that Dikwena reportedly arrived late for the match against Tigers.

Safa’s rules pertaining to clubs’ late arrival or non-arrival states: “Where a match is not played because of late or no arrival of a team, the offending club will forfeit the match points and may be charged with misconduct.

Safa’s disciplinary committee in the Free State is also to decide on two cases which could influence the entire league, including the championship between Mangaung and Tigers.

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