Junior division cup match spoiled by double protests between very bitter rivals

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The DC of the Mkhondo LFA was scheduled to sit for one case on Wednesday afternoon but ended up with two. The first case was to resolve the matter of the iNtokozo U19 Cup final match which was abandoned 10 minutes into the 2nd half between Total Football United FC and PR Wanderers FC. The Disciplinary Committee dealt with the case which PR Wanderers lost leaving their opponents as the 2019 champions.

The 2nd case was brought by two junior clubs that had been competing in the first round of the Mkhondo Festive Cup of the under 17 division earlier on Wednesday 11 December 2019. The case involved bitter rivals Citizen FC and Flymingo United who also go by name Total Football United FC in the Thandukukhanya Promotion League. The two teams are coached by development coaches who have dedicated all their time and energy to take care of the young stars starting from the under 13 division. They are Sandile ‘Msandi’ Kunene of Citizen FC and Thokozani ‘TK’ Hlatshwayo of Flymingo/Total Football United FC.

Their dedication to the young stars has often put the two coaches at loggerheads. Yesterday afternoon the game took almost 15 minutes to kick-off while the two clubs were arguing over players on the touch line. Citizen FC complained of unfair play by their opponents for using two players from Greenfield Rangers FC. They asked their opponents to take the players Malema and Tafa off but Flymingo United refused which led to the game starting under protest lodged by Citizen FC. This was not the first incident to happen between the two clubs, it also happened before the kick-off of their first round match of iNtokozo U19 Cup. The game took more than 15 minutes to start due to arguments on who and who should not play between the two sets of players.

“We have decided not to pursue our protest against Citizen FC to protect the careers of the young boys.”

The other matches that played earlier had fair play with no protests or bitterness. In action here during the Mkhondo Festive Cup Day 1 is Mangosuthu Cosmos FC (Yellow0) vs Red Lion FC. Mangosuthu Cosmos FC defeated the kwaNgema side 5-0 to progress to the next round. The match played on Wednesday 11 December 2019 at Mandla Magulela Stadium, Thandukukhanya.

The under 17  cup match played to the finish with no bad incident on the field, both sets of players enjoyed the game and respected each other, something that they should teach their coaches. The entertaining match ended 3-1 in favour of Flymingo United FC on the field of play but was overturned by off the field decisions. The Disciplinary Committee of the Mkhondo LFA found Flymingo United FC guilty of using improperly registered players. The disciplinary hearing was held the same day at Masenkeni Stadium after both clubs had paid the required R300 protest fee.

The counter protest by Flymingo United was withdrawn this morning on Thursday 12 December 2019 by the club assistant coach Mr Njabulo Oscar Ndlovu. He called the Mkhondo LFA Secretary Mr Ntokozo Simelane to let him know they were withdrawing the protest for the good of football. “We have decided not to pursue our protest against Citizen FC to protect the careers of the young boys. We decided that we should stop the case because the teams where these boys belong to might question them when they go back. We do not want to cause problems for them since they are still playing at development level,” he said. Flymingo United FC protested against goalkeeper Bandile Mkhonza (15) who plays for Bidvest Wits Juniors, Thobelani Khumalo (15) and Sikelela Simelane (15) saying they are registered in Mpumalanga and Gauteng. Suprisingly the players associated with clubs in Gauteng, the Dube siblings Gift and Ntofo Dube who play for an academy in Gauteng were not included in the protest.

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