Officials not on time

2019-01-30 06:01
Mangaung Unite striker Theko Thako (white and blue) and Central University of Technology de­fender Morena Lehloa battle for the ball during a derby of the ABC Motsepe League played in Bloemfontein on Friday (25/01).Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite striker Theko Thako (white and blue) and Central University of Technology de­fender Morena Lehloa battle for the ball during a derby of the ABC Motsepe League played in Bloemfontein on Friday (25/01).Photo: Teboho Setena

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Miscommunication was to blame for the late arrival of match officials assigned to officiate an ABC Motsepe League fixture between Mangaung Unite and the Central University of Tech­nology (CUT).

Assigned by the South African Football Association (Safa), the match officials pitched more than an hour late on Friday (25/01) to perform their duties for this intriguing fixture, which was a derby between the two local teams.

Also, the match kicked off at 17:15. The scheduled time was 16:30.

Moremi Klip, Safa’s provincial executive officer, said an explanation was given to the clubs for the late arrival of the match officials, who had found the players of the two teams ready to battle it out.

He said it had been miscommunication between the referees’ coordinator and the assigned match officials regarding the change of date, with the match being staged on Friday, instead of Saturday as usual. Klip said the CUT had requested the match moved to Friday.

“Most league fixtures are staged on Saturdays and such is in the mind of most match officials. This created a misunderstanding that resulted in a delayed kick-off between Mangaung and CUT,” said Klip.

He said an exception was the Viljoenskoon-based Dijabatho FC, which had requested Safa to grant permission to play all home matches on Sundays.

Klip stressed that there should be no grave concern among the clubs about late arrival of match officials for future games.

“The 16 clubs will concurrently play their five fixtures leading towards the end of the 2018-’19 season, as per resolution of Safa,” he said.

Current log leaders Mangaung narrowly beat CUT 2 – 1 in the delayed match.

The university side scored first and looked set to end Mangaung’s unbeaten run in 17 league matches.

However, they succumbed to constant pressure from the log leaders, who still enjoy a nine point lead over home arch-rivals Bloemfontein Young Tigers, who are in second place on 38 points. Mangaung is at the top with 47 points.

Tigers will face off against another title contender, Sibanye Golden Stars, in a return fixture on Saturday (02/02) in Welkom.

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