Bafana Bafana

Youths held for bus stoning

2012-11-15 09:02
Collins Mbesuma (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Two boys, aged 12 and 13, have been taken into police custody for allegedly pelting the Zambian soccer team's bus with stones, the SA Football Association (SAFA) said on Thursday.

"We can confirm the incident took place and the perpetrators who pelted the Zambian bus, two young boys, were confined by police. They are in police custody," SAFA spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said.

The Zambian soccer team's bus was stoned after a match against Bafana Bafana at Soccer City on Wednesday evening, which South Africa lost 1-0.

Gallery: Bafana v Zambia

Video: South Africa v Zambia

Zambia's goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, who also plays for the Free State Stars in South Africa, was injured, according to a tweet by the Zambian Football Association.

"Very sad that Zambian bus was stoned and Kennedy Mweene sustained a head injury. Has had stitches and is ok, but the incident was shameful," read the tweet, posted in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Chimhavi said a case had been opened at the Booysens police station.

He confirmed that a bus window was shattered and one player injured.

"SAFA does not condone this behaviour. The match was played in honour of Nelson Mandela and these people are not welcome at our stadiums. They should watch the games at home," said Chimhavi.

"People come to the games with their families and this behaviour is not acceptable. It is not in the spirit of FIFA's fair play policy or the Nelson Mandela Challenge."

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani has apologised to his Zambian counterpart Kalusha Bwalya and the entire Football Association of Zambia for the attack.

Gauteng police said they were aware of the incident but could not immediately comment.



Nematandani (back to camera) checks Mweene's injury after he received treatment on the bus from the Zambian squad medical staff.

Read more on:    safa  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
61 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Where will Bafana Bafana finish in their 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifying group?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.