League chaos to end soon

2018-05-09 06:00
Sinki Leshabane, Mangaung Unite managing director, will be one of the parties involved in the disciplinary hearings concerning the ABC Motsepe League today (09/05).Photo: Teboho Setena

Sinki Leshabane, Mangaung Unite managing director, will be one of the parties involved in the disciplinary hearings concerning the ABC Motsepe League today (09/05).Photo: Teboho Setena

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Disarray still lingering over the Free State’s ABC Motsepe League is expected to clear after two disciplinary hearings set to take place today (09/05) in Bloemfontein.

The first case concerns the South African Football Association (Safa) and Dikwena United. The federation charges the club on two counts – late arrival at their final fixture of the season and failure to fulfil the match.

Dikwena arrived late for their final fixture against Bloemfontein Young Tigers on 29 April. This resulted in the fixture kicking off later than scheduled and plunged the competition into controversy, which saw Safa putting the crowning of the Free State champions on ice.

The second case is due to a complaint lodged by Mangaung Unite, the Free State elect ABC Motsepe League champions.

The chaos is due to contradictory decisions by some authorities of Safa to permit a decisive fixture between title-chasing Tigers and Dikwena to be played, despite Dikwena arriving late.

The match was crucial to decide the provincial champions of the competition between Tigers and Mangaung, who duly won by 4 – 0 against Kingston.

The federation had instruc­ted that all 16 clubs in the league start their final matches of the 2017-’18 season at 15:00. However, the Tigers-Dikwena fixture reportedly started one hour and 15 minutes after Dikwena had arrived late at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo.

Moremi Klip, Safa’s provincial executive officer, has confirmed the cases will be heard today, adding that Mangaung Unite, owned by Sinki Leshabane, was a third party in the case between Safa and Dikwena.

“Mangaung have lodged a complaint and have followed due procedures as the third party in the case involving the federation and Dikwena,” says Klip.

He says the federation has also received two match reports from the referee and match official assigned to the Tigers-Dikwena fixture.

“The two match reports are important for Safa’s disciplinary committee to make a conclusive decision to resolve the case and give a verdict in the announcement of the champions of Free State’s ABC Motsepe League.”

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