Two disciplinary cases in front of the Mkhondo Local Football Association (MKLFA) disciplinary committee may end up deciding the fate of the league championship in the highly contested stream B of Thandukukhanya Promotion League 2018/19 season. The top three teams contesting the league i.e. Total Football United FC, Citizen FC and Goodwill Promising FC are all involved in disciplinary cases that are yet to be resolved by the Mkhondo LFA Disciplinary Committee.
It seems the Mkhondo LFA DC has been infected by the same virus that got to the PSL Dispute Resolution Committee of letting cases sit idle only to resolve them at crucial times of the league. The national Premier Soccer League has been on the news recently regarding the unsolved case of Mamelodi Sundowns FC who fielded defender Wayne Arendse who was not on the team list in their league match against Wits FC. Both the PSL and the amateur Thandukukhanya Promotion League cases involved teams fighting for the league titles with the possibility of influencing the direction of where the league title goes to. The PSL scenario is well known so we will focus on the grassroots where everything begins.
The protest lodged by Citizen FC against PR Barcelona FC on 03 November 2018 is yet to be resolved. Citizen FC protested against the use of SAB League players by PR Barcelona in their 1-1 draw played at Milner Park last year. The decision of the case may cause serious ramifications on top of the log if PR Barcelona is found guilty and Citizen are given the full three (3) points. The points will reduce the 5-point gap to 2 points behind leaders Total Football United. On top of this there is another protest case pending against Total Football United that was lodged by Goodwill Promising FC.
They alleged that Total Football United used an improperly registered player in their 0-0 draw played on 24 March 2019 at Kwantombazana Ground, Phola Park. The player in question is Thabiso ‘Mgijimi’ Dlamini who registered with Roman FC at the beginning of the season. He moved to Total Football United during the January transfer window but Goodwill Promising has alleged that he does not hold a clearance from Roman FC. The accused club said they do not have a problem with the protest about Thabiso as they registered the player on time. Total Football United is on top with 71 points after 28 matches, they only have two matches to play against Hawks FC and Brazilians FC. The challengers Citizen are trailing behind with 5 points with 3 matches left to play against Hintalo FC, Young Stars FC and Madola United FC. Goodwill Promising FC is sitting at 3rd place with 63 points also left with three games to play against Losta Stars FC, Ajax Blue Birds FC and Hawks FC.
“There have been delays which included the festive tournaments and failure to pitch by PR Barcelona FC for two times already. We also pressed for time as some of the DC members have full time jobs and have families to take care of."
The delays have been a concern for the Mkhondo LFA executive committee that is presently having five active members in a committee of eight (8). The association suffered a huge blow with the passing last year of Miss Khanyi Ndlangamandla which opened a gap that may only be filled by a woman. The 1st deputy president Mr BH Khalishwayo has also excused himself due to work commitments which demands a lot as one of the most experienced police captains in the local SAPS in Mkhondo. This has left only the 2nd deputy President Mr Mduduzi Nkosi, the deputy secretary Mr Lindani Vundla and referees committee officer Mr Bonginkosi Luvuno in charge of the disciplinary committee. The President of the association only sit during disciplinary appeals.
“There have been delays which included the festive tournaments and failure to pitch by PR Barcelona FC for two times already. We also pressed for time as some of the DC members have full time jobs and have families to take care of. We need to restructure our DC in order to be flexible and solve these cases as soon as possible,” said the chairperson of the Mkhondo LFA disciplinary committee. Mr Nkosi told us that they may need to recruit two people to serve in the Mkhondo LFA executive to share the workload. This process will probably be done at the annual general meeting of the association in July this year. In the meantime, all eyes are on the disciplinary committee on what decisions will be taken.