Belly Critic

As our provincial, regional and local football association leagues are about to begin, one can easily predict the outcomes.

Every year, towards the end of the seasons for these leagues, there are always protests and disciplinary hearings emerging. The ABC Motsepe League has become a haven for corruption, with team owners offering bribes to referees.

Some officials, who are supposed to be administrators of these leagues, are also involved in this match-fixing.

Who will forget what happened last season when Apollo XI emerged from nowhere to be crowned champions of the Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League through boardrooms?

Everyone thought that Acornbush United were the champions, but many of us were surprised when Apollo were announced at the last minute as a team to represent the province in the play-offs in KwaZulu-Natal.

One asks the question as to why these protests are being left too late.

We have in the past seen teams being announced a week before the play-offs start.

This leave teams with no enough time to prepare for the play-offs. A few seasons ago we have seen two teams from the province going to the play-offs because there were disputes.

Corruption is killing football in the province. Some club officials are owning more than one status in the same league.

Unless this bribery of referees ends, Mpumalanga will continue to fail to produce players and teams to compete at the elite divisions.

One has forgotten when Mpumalanga once had players premiership.

Right now, no teams are to be promoted in the ABC Motsepe League next season as there are still disputes.

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