- Chaotic scenes marred the climax of the popular Zama Zama Sports Challenge
- The tournament, like many amateur football tournaments countrywide, was held over the festive period
- Unfortunately, this popular tournament was ruined by unsportsmanlike conduct during the final
The ending to the popular Zama Zama Sports Challenge was a sad and unfortunate one in Limpopo.
The final between Ngove Maspala and Nkomo Phunya FC at the KDY ground in Giyani had to be abandoned no-thanks to the actions of Motsepe Foundation Championship star Rophney "Rover" Hlungwane.
According to the Daily Sun, the 30-year-old Hlungwane, a striker for Maspala, refused to leave the field after being shown a red card for a deliberate foul inside the box. The entire match then descended into chaos, leading to its abandonment.
The tournament's organizers said in a media statement:
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"The DC hearing was held at Xilumani Hotel on Monday 02 January from 13h00.
"Verdict: Ngove Maspala FC was found guilty of causing the abandonment of the final game against Nkomo Phunya FC. They are declared the losers of the final.
"Sanction: Ngove Maspala FC is suspended from the tournament for 5 years and fined R20 000 of which half is suspended and half is payable. Furthermore, the team had to pay R3 000 to cover the medical expenses for the assaulted match official.
Some individuals were handed a lengthy ban from the tournament."
The tournament is the brainchild of Premier Soccer League referee Victor Hlungwani, who angrily stated that his namesake would never be allowed to play in it again.
Phunya was also awarded the result as well as the cup by default.
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