A football coach with anger issues was given a warning by the Mkhondo LFA after he was found guilty of insulting and abusing a match referee after the match between Junior United FC and Total Football United FC played at Nkonjaneni Ground on Saturday 12 January 2019. Thokozani “TK’ Hlatshwayo was warned not to be found guilty of the same offence again in future by the Mkhondo LFA DC at a hearing held at Masenkeni Stadium, Thandukukhanya on Thursday 17 January 2019.
In the hearing it was found that the coach was constantly verbally abusing the match referee Mbuso Dludlu during the Thandukukhanya Promotion League stream B match which finished 2-1 in favour of the visitors Total Football United FC. He went further by going to the match referee and pointed his fingers to the match referee after the final whistle threatening him. This happened in front of the Mkhondo LFA 2nd Deputy President Mr Mdu ‘Johnny’ Nkosi who also chairs the disciplinary committee of the association. The match referee was rescued from the attack by Junior United FC coach Mr Themba ‘Kisky’ Kunene who saw the incident.
“I lost the game but am not happy with the actions of Total Football United FC coach for attacking the match referee. The coach is teaching the young players unsporting behaviour in football.”
Junior United FC coach was left disappointed by the actions of his colleague in coaching and expressed his views on the Mkhondo LFA WhatsApp group. “I lost the game but am not happy with the actions of Total Football United FC coach for attacking the match referee. The coach is teaching the young players unsporting behaviour in football. He did all this in front of an Mkhondo LFA Executive member who was also watching the game,” he wrote. Thokozani Hlatshwayo also wrote in the group disputing what the Junior United FC coach was saying and branding as lies. He hit back by saying his team played fair and won the game because they train hard. “Don’t be a sour loser accept and move on with your team. My friendly advice is to go and prepare your team,” he wrote.
The two teams are involved in the battle for the league with both teams in the top five (5) of the stream B log. The coach apologised during the disciplinary hearing and said his actions were aimed at showing the opposition that his club was not intimidated by the home fans whom he claimed were throwing rocks at his players during the game. He was warned to stop his unprofessional behaviour towards referees. Some referees no longer want to officiate matches featuring his club due to his behaviour of insulting match officials.