South African football was rocked by a scandal last week that promised more results than was already known. Two fourth-division teams (Provincial ABC Motsep League) have already been banned for good, while several officials and referees have been suspended for five to ten seasons. The whole story is practically surreal … but it really happened! It all happened at the end of May, when on the last match day, Matiasi FC and Shivulani Dangerous Tigers came on the field with chances to become champions and advance in the division. So the final round was decisive and the goals scored could make a difference. What’s wrong here The results, at least, were questionable. Shivulani Dangerous Tigers beat Kotoko Happy Boys 33-1 – with seven goals in their account – while Matiasi defeated Nasami Mighty Birds 59-1, taking advantage of the 41-goal festival to win … a goal – one player was out in the first half. Who scored his own goal in the second … so there is nothing suspicious! Authorities then decided to investigate and the results of the investigation became clear and already approved. Matiyasi FC officials, Shivulani Dangerous Tigers and Nsami Mighty Birds were suspended for five to eight years, while the referees ended their ten-year ban. But why these restrictions? Vincent Ramphago, president of the Mopani Football Federation, explained everything to BBC Sport Africa.
“Our investigation showed that Matthias and Nsami did not want Shivulani to be first in the league, so they agreed to combine the results to prevent this from happening. The Happy Boys plotted to remove the players from the field. When they left the field, the players said they were tired. There were seven players left in their squad. .
And when the authorities saw the results and the markers, they were surprised by the sheets of cards … something was not quite right. “While we were investigating, we found that some of Matiasi’s goals were not recorded accurately, as the referee did not know how to interpret the contents of his report. : In terms of objectives, how did you put it? “, He asked.
Therefore, like the players in the team, they were also suspended. One thing is already guaranteed, the results have been canceled and the group that goes to the top will be Gavula Classic, who finished the championship in fourth place. This was because the first three teams at the table were involved in the plot (Kotoko Happy Boys were only in that area) and were immediately ruled out of the climb.