Pitch Invasion Results in Stellenbosch Football Club Statement After Kaizer Chiefs MTN 8 Quarterfinal

Pitch Invasion Results in Stellenbosch Football Club Statement After Kaizer Chiefs MTN 8 Quarterfinal

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM
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  • Stellenbosch Football Club has released a statement addressing the pitch invasions in the MTN 8 quarterfinal against Kaizer Chiefs at Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday
  • There were two pitch invasions during the match that the Amakhosi went on to win on penalties
  • The Maroons apologised for the incident, though they did leave the matter squarely at the feet of the Premier Soccer League

The Premier Soccer League was in charge of security for the MTN 8 quarterfinal between Stellenbosch Football Club and Kaizer Chiefs at the Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Before the match, a stampede nearly happened at one of the entrances as supporters arrived late for the match. During the match, there was a small pitch invasion in the 1-1 draw when the Amakhosi equalised, before a full-scale one occurred when the visitors won the match 4-3 on penalties.

According to News24, Stellenbosch FC CEO said in a statement:

“The Premier Soccer League, as event organiser of this knockout match, advertised the match as sold out two hours prior and implemented all the necessary security measures for the 15,000 spectators. The match was however unfortunately marred by unruly behaviour by the over-excited supporters, causing damage to perimeter fencing, pitch invasions and delays to the match.
“The Stellenbosch FC would like to sincerely apologise to the law-abiding supporters as well residents in the surrounding areas that were inconvenienced.”

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Supporters, mainly Kaizer Chiefs ones, invade the Danie Craven Stadium pitch. Image source: @iDiski Times.
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iDiski Times reported that the league, the South African Police Service, the local municipality, select service providers as well as the two clubs would all convene for a debriefing session. Incidents on the day will be discussed, before remedial measures are taken.

Stampede avoided as MTN 8 quarterfinal between Stellenbosch FC and Kaizer Chiefs is delayed by late fans

Stellenbosch FC and Kaizer Chiefs' MTN 8 quarterfinal clash at the Danie Craven Stadium had to be delayed by half-an-hour, earlier.

Meant to kick off at 15:00, the Premier Soccer League's match commissioner had to delay it to allow spectators into the stadium, Sports Brief reported. Unsurprisingly, an overwhelming amount of them were Amakhosi supporters.

The stadium, which seats 16 000 people, was eventually filled up at kick-off for the sold-out fixture. There was video footage of a stampede nearly occurring at one of the entrances.

This led to chatter on social media about the Chiefs' status as the most supported team in the country.

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