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37-0 raises cheating red flag

2015-09-20 16:00
Safa spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi

Safa has warned that it has adopted a zero-tolerance approach after suspicions of match manipulation were raised at one of its promotional leagues. 

This followed abnormal football scorelines that were registered in the final race for berths in the SAB Regional League play-offs at the Emfuleni Local Football Association (LFA) last weekend. 

Amateur side Juventus annihilated JK Eleven 37-0, while Pekwa All Stars clobbered Makgale Super Eagles FC 25-1 in the final matches of the Safa Sedibeng Region promotional league on Sunday. 

Before last weekend’s fixtures, All Stars were topping the nine-club log by virtue of a better goal difference over Juventus. 

The two were level on points, but Juventus’ massive +62 goal difference after last Sunday’s game overhauled All Stars to win the stream. 

Only log winners – across the four LFA streams – qualify for the play-offs, where only two teams get promoted to the regional league. 

The play-offs were due to be played this weekend, but the final log standings have not been released yet. 

“The matter is receiving our utmost attention and a response will be given to teams concerned. The four teams will be called to explain,” said Emfuleni LFA general secretary Martin Mpholo. 

Safa national spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said: “We have no tolerance for corruption. If we suspect something fishy in the outcome of any football matches, we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances and any guilty party will be severely punished within the statutes of the law. 

“However, in such instances [the Juventus versus JK Eleven and Pekwa All Stars versus Makgale Super Eagles FC matches], we will await the referees’ reports and pick it up from there.” 

Interestingly, All Stars have lodged a complaint with the Emfuleni LFA. 

In an emailed response to questions this week, club chairperson Zakes Pekwa said: “I can confirm that PAS FC lodged a complaint on Monday with respect to the match mentioned wherein 37 goals were scored. We have received acknowledgment of receipt from the LFA.” 

He insisted that their game had two referees adjudicating in each half and also had a coordinator of the league present at their match. 

The Sedibeng region is still under administration after maladministration was uncovered. 

Two months ago, another promotional league drama played itself out at one of the Safa Waterberg structures in Limpopo after allegations of bribery marred the last matches of the Mookgophong LFA. 

Amateur side Arsenal were on the verge of winning their stream, but their joy was short-lived following a dispute over a game that had to be replayed. 

The club later alleged that it was approached by the opposition to fix the game for R4 000, the alleged cost of them losing by a wide margin.

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