SAFA Promises Action After Gunshots Are Fired Following ABC Motsepe League Game

SAFA Promises Action After Gunshots Are Fired Following ABC Motsepe League Game

Byron Pillay
June 10, 2023 at 1:11 PM
  • Orbit College beat Msinga United 1-0, but fans of the KwaZulu-Natal side were not happy with the referee
  • Angry Msinga United supporters stormed the pitch after the game in an attempt to get to the referee
  • Security officials fired warning shots into the air to deter fans, but supporters fired shots in return

South African football experienced another dark day in its footballing history after the ABC Motsepe League playoff semi-finals.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Msinga United and North West’s Orbit College were contesting the second semi-final, but drama erupted after the game.

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SAFA have promised a full investigation into the violence that erupted after the game between Msinga United and Orbit College. Image: @Velile_Mnyandu/ @Football__Stage
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Orbit College won the game 1-0, but Msinga’s fans were unhappy with the referee’s decisions during the game.

Msinga fans fire gunshots

As noted by News24, fans stormed the pitch after the game to confront the referee, but things turned sour. A security official fired a warning shot to try and disperse the crowd, but the angry supporters drew out firearms and fired shots of their own.

Msinga's coach required medical attention

Msinga's goalkeeper coach Gezani Zondi was also injured after he was struck by an object and required medical attention.

"I could feel that I had been hit by an object, but after a while, I could feel that I was bleeding. I tried to wash myself off with water, but then I walked off to the ambulance, where I received help,” he explained.

SAFA promises swift action

The South African Football Association have condemned the hooliganism after the game and promised action will be taken to bring those responsible to book, eNCA reported. SAFA has launched a full investigation into the matter.

By virtue of their win, Orbit College have, been promoted to the Motsepe Foundation Championship. They will also play the other promoted side, Upington City, in the playoffs' final.

Upington beat Mpheni Home Defenders in a penalty shootout to earn promotion to the National First Division.

Corruption in ABC Motsepe League

Stories of corruption in South African football are not new.

A tale as old time, bribery, match-fixing and other unsavoury practices have undermined the lower rungs of the local game.

An in-depth report into the goings-on in the ABC Motsepe League has exposed how rampant match-fixing is, Sports Brief reported.

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