The theatrics of trickery and protests associated with local soccer tournaments has once again struck in the newly established Dumsani Msibi under 21 Annual Tournament. The under 21 tournament will go into the semi-finals without Flymingo United FC after being disqualified. The club was found guilty of fielding a player without proper documents in the quarter final match against PR Wanderers FC on Sunday 20 June 2021 at Masenkeni Stadium, Mkhondo.
This was the first problem to surface since the tournament began on Youth Day 16 June 2021. It is named after former Amajita (National under 20) captain and current AmaTuks FC goalkeeper Dumsani Msibi. The match itself left fans entertained but PR Wanderers was not happy that Flymingo United used a player who did not have the required documents to participate resulting in lodging of the protest. The protest was lodged at half time with the score at 0-0.
Flymingo United won the tightly contested match on penalties after the match finished 1-1 at regulation time. Both sides dished proper football to the amusement of fans. The 2nd half produced two great goals with Flymingo United drawing first blood through a well taken free kick. PR Wanderers equaliser came late in the match via ‘one-two’ play in the box which left defenders bewildered before a tap in that left the keeper powerless, sending amaTanganyika fans into wild celebration.
The biggest protest case in the country now is that of Glad Africa Championship club Royal AM against the Premier Soccer League.
To older fans the football reminded them of the sweet old memories of Masenkeni when it was still a ground, the younger generation were left inspired, new idols were created for them. The football protests were part of the game then and still part of the game today where some matches are concluded in boardrooms.
The biggest protest case in the country now is that of Glad Africa Championship club Royal AM against the Premier Soccer League. The PSL has awarded the league to Sekhukhune United after being awarded points for a match that played in January 2021. The protest is now away from the soccer boardrooms into the courtrooms.
The Mkhondo Local Football Association took a decision to disqualify Flymingo United after a disciplinary hearing which found the club guilty. The hearing was held at Masenkeni Stadium on Monday night. It was discovered that the player used a playing card from Thandukukhanya Promotion League which was found to have been fraudulent.
The rules stated that players needed to have ID documents to play while those without ID documents were allowed to use playing cards from the Mkhondo Development League together with a birth certificate. Flymingo United accepted that they were wrong but said they expected their opponents to understand that the said player was in the process of getting his ID and was of proper age. The disqualification has allowed PR Wanderers to continue to the finals.
The first ever under 21 youth tournament which began on Youth Day 16 June 2021 at Thandukukhanya, Mkhondo Local Municipality will wrap up this weekend with the finals on Sunday 27 July 2021. The finals will feature the remaining three (3) teams in the tournament: Khumalo Stars FC, Junior United FC and PR Wanderers FC. The three will play a mini robin with each team playing two (2) matches each. The team with the most points will become the first champions of Dumsani Msibi under 21 Annual Tournament.