Belly Critic

As this is my first column for 2017, let me begin by commending the South African Football Association Disciplinary Committee (SAFADC) for finally taking early disciplinary action against the unruly teams campaigning in the Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League.

The Safa legal office under Tebogo Monthlante seems to have found the right medicine for wayward hooligans.
Monthlante has assured every soccer law-abiding citizen that, “those who are caught on the wrong side of the law will pay a heavy price – be it match or club officials”.

There have been perceptions in the past that Safa was not doing enough to root out unruly behaviour and corruption within the ABC Motsepe League. But finally, the SAFADC seems to be moving towards the right direction.

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In the past seasons, we have seen the SAFADC leaving team disputes and protest cases to the last days of the league before taking any disciplinary measures.

This used to create the wrong impression about our provincial league as it was viewed among those that were always embroiled in protests year in, year out, especially towards its closing stages.

This also used to have a negative impact to our team’s preparations, especially the champions for the national play-offs as the league winner was confirmed late.

By hauling the wayward teams and officials before the SAFADC at an early stage, I strongly believe that whoever will be crowned the provincial champions this season, will have ample time to prepare for the national play-offs.

One team has already felt the wrath of the SAFADC after it was found guilty of assaulting match officials, and was fined R10 000.
There are seven more teams out of the 16 participating in the Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League that are still to face the wrath of SAFADC should they be found on the wrong side of the law as their cases are still pending. According to the SAFADC, their cases are receiving urgent attention.

Hopefully, Monthlante will stand by their words, and work hard to make sure that everything will be done above board, and that before the season ends it would have been completed.
Let the best team win on the pitch not via the boardroom.

Richard Nkosi

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