Mikhado’s general manager, Mr Tovhowani Musandiwa. Photo supplied.
Mikhado Football Club’s latest attempt to force the league to deduct nine points from The Dolphins FC turned into a nightmare for the club. Their complaint was now also dismissed by the arbitrator and the club was ordered to pay the cost of the dispute.
Mikhado completed their ABC Motsepe League programme in the second position on the log. They were tied with The Dolphins FC on 34 points. The Dolphins ended on top of the log as they had scored more goals than Mikhado.
Completing their league programme in the second spot was something that did not sit well with Mikhado FC. After realizing that they would not partake in the promotional playoffs, Mikhado took their fight for promotion to the boardroom. Their first attempt was to file a complaint with the league. In their letter of complaint, Mikhado stated that one of the Dolphins’ players, Raymond Maluleke, had not been properly registered with the club.
Their league’s disciplinary committee dismissed the complaint without getting into its merit on the basis that the motion had not been filed properly. After receiving the outcome, Mikhado did not sit back and relax. Instead, they took the matter up for arbitration. The arbitrator, Advocate Tshifhiwa Tshitereke, upheld the disciplinary committee’s decision.
“The participation of Siyani Raymond Maluleke in official soccer league matches on 7 April 2021, 5 May 2021 and 8 May 2021 is deemed lawful and valid,” reads an extract from the arbitration award. Not only did the arbitrator uphold the disciplinary committee’s decision, but he ordered Mikhado FC to pay the costs of the arbitration, the arbitrator’s costs, and the costs of the respondent (The Dolphins FC).
Asked to comment about the latest developments, Mikhado’s general manager, Mr Tovhowani Musandiwa, said that everyone in the club was satisfied that they had done everything within their power and that they had decided to let the matter to rest. The arbitration award means that The Dolphins FC will represent the Limpopo Province in the national promotional playoffs that will be staged in Nelspruit on a date still to be confirmed by the league.
Date:24 June 2021 - 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.