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Drama as South Africa Football Association hands life ban to club that won 59-1

The South African Football Association (SAFA) in the Mopani region, Limpopo, has sent a strong message to their local teams that they will not tolerate any form of corruption within their structures.

This comes after the region banned four football clubs for life following recent bizarre scorelines that shook the SA football fraternity.

The incident first surfaced on Metro FM Sports show Sports Night Amplified with Andile Ncube.

On Saturday, 21 May 2022, Matiyasi FC, who were vying for promotion to the Provincial ABC Motsepe League, beat Nsami Mighty Birds 59-1. 41 of the goals scored were own goals.

A player who was recorded to have been given a red card in the first half was also recorded to have scored a goal in the second half.

In another match from the same region, Shivulani Dangerous Tigers, who are Matiyasi FC rivals for promotion, beat Kototo Happy Boys 33-1 on the same date. Seven own goals were also recorded.

The SAFA Mopani region, led by Vincent Ramphago (Main Picture), a SAFA NEC member and head of competitions in Limpopo, summoned all four clubs to a DC hearing on 25 May 2022 in Giyani. They were all charged and found guilty of contravening SAFA rules.

FARPost has the verdict signed by the region’s DC Chairperson Joseph Mateta, released on 28 May 2022.

In the verdict, the region has permanently banned all four clubs involved in the two matches from all football activities for breaching SAFA rules. The officials implicated from both clubs have also been given a five-year suspension from all football activities within the Mopani region.

They are Eddy Hlungwani, team manager of Shivulani Dangerous Tigers and Malanguti Macheke, the coach of Kotoko Happy Boys. Kaizer Hlungwani, the head coach of Matiyasi FC, and Kulani Thwala, the head coach of Nsami Mighty Birds.

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