Fresh Match Fixing Scandal Rocks South African Football as Referees and Clubs Are Suspended

Fresh Match Fixing Scandal Rocks South African Football as Referees and Clubs Are Suspended

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
  • Yet another embarrassing match-fixing scandal has brought South African football into disrepute
  • To no one's surprise, this has once again occurred in the lower rungs of the country's football leagues
  • The disgraced ABC Motsepe League is the source of this new source of shame in match manipulation that undermines the integrity of the Beautiful Game

African football can never seem to escape the scourge of match-fixing.

This time, it was the turn of South Africa to be embroiled in this long-standing disgrace. The country is a repeat offender in this regard, particularly at the lower levels of the game.

match-fixing, south africa, bribery, scandal, south african football association, safa, safa house
SAFA House next to the Soccer City in the south of Johannesburg. Image source: FarPostZA.
Source: UGC

According to FarPostZA, the South African Football Association's Vhember region has suspended officials and clubs caught up in the compromising of the integrity of the game. They face charges of match-fixing, unethical conduct and the soliciting of bribes before fixtures took place.

The implicated clubs are from the Limpopo Football Association Leagues as well as the ABC Motsepe League's regional competition. Interestingly, SAFA chose to reveal the names of those involved.

Exciting feature: Check out news exactly for YOU ➡️ find "Recommended for you" block and enjoy!

The officials are Mphuma Dion, Tshianeo Ratshilumela, Mulaudzi Rollet, Mudau Aifheli, Ramulumbi Khuliso , Sinthumule Stephen, Makhomisani Livhuwani, Ngwenya Tsundukani.

The clubs are Tshikhwani Stone Breakers, Phylimak Football Club and Muchipisi Happy Fighters who play within the SAFA Vhembe Leagues. Raymond Chauke of Municipisi Happy Fighters is the club official suspended.

For more on the story, go here.

SAFA regional president disputes that permanent bans were lifted against Nsami Mighty Birds and Matiyasi FC

Confusion reigns over the football status of Nsami Mighty Birds and Matiyasi FC.

The two Limpopo-based sides were suspended for life following their league game between each other, which ended 59-1. Nsami Mighty Birds scored 41 own-goals during that encounter.

Matiyasi, who were chasing promotion to the ABC Motsepe League, were 16 goals behind league leaders, Shivulani Dangerous Tigers heading into the came. They then won 59-1, but Shivulani Dangerous Tigers also secured a big victory, beating Kotoko Happy Boys 33-1.

The shocking scoreline made headlines across the world. The South African Football Association (SAFA) then banned all four teams for life.

Keba Mothoagae photo
Keba Mothoagae
Editor- Local Desk
ABC Motsepe LeagueSouth AfricaSouth Africa Football Association (SAFA)World