The ABC Motsepe League game between Mikhado FC and Eleven Fast Tigers at the Makgoka Stadium outside Polokwane on Saturday was not played to the finish. The game ended abruptly about 15 minutes into the last half. At that stage, Fast Tigers were leading 1-0.
According to a fan, the teams played a clean game until the proceedings for the first half came to an end. He said that Tigers had brought in two new faces in the last half. According to the information supplied, Tigers had not informed the match officials or the opponents when they effected the two changes to their starting 11.
The fan further stated that Mikhado became aware of the changes after Tigers had taken the lead a few minutes into the last stanza through one of the players who had been introduced without their knowledge.
He added that, at that stage, Mikhado’s players became aware of the fact that the goal scorer and another player had not been on the field of play in the first half. That prompted the officials of Mikhado to alert the match officials about Tigers’ suspicious move.
The referee stopped the game and ordered the officials of Tigers to bring the two players and their registration cards for verification as directed by the league’s rules and regulations.
The fan revealed that the officials of Tigers vehemently refused to carry out the referee’s instruction. According to the information supplied, the officials of Tigers argued that the two players had been verified by a player of Mikhado during the half-time break.
The referee, however, insisted that the power to verify the legitimacy of the registration of players rested with the match officials only.
That resulted in a heated debate between the match officials and the officials of Tigers. Realising that his explanation had failed to convince the officials of Tigers, the referee blew the final whistle, packed his bags and left the place. The league was still awaiting the match reports from the two clubs and the match officials at the time of our going to press.
Date:14 February 2020 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.