Erron Mabasa of Black Bulls (right) and Ntsako Sithole of SMSA wrestle for the high ball.
The MMK Administrators Soccer League game between SMSA FC and Govhu Black Bulls, which took place at the Makhuvha Stadium on Sunday, was not played to the finish. Black Bulls were leading 2-1 when the game ended abruptly.
It took Black Bulls only four minutes to open their account. Their centre forward, Tsundzuka Mashila, blasted in a rocket, following a square pass from Daniel Sithole. The referee, Mr Dion Mphuma, flashed the first yellow card in the 9th minute. Mahlori Baloyi was reprimanded after tackling Trevor Mathebula from behind.
SMSA fought back in the 19th minute. Hlulani Khuzwayo headed home following a square pass from Rabelani Rambuwani. Black Bulls reclaimed the lead in the 24th minute. Tsundzuka Mashila completed his brace with a ground cutter following a mix-up within the box.
The fans of Black Bulls started to throw stones and other objects at the assistant referee, Mr NS Tshienda, accusing him of favouritism. He notified the referee, Mr Dion Mphuma, about the incident saying it would be impossible for him to continue with the game for safety reasons. During a meeting with the match officials, the officials of Black Bulls disowned the fans who threw missiles onto the pitch.
After a heated debate with the teams’ officials and the captains, Mphuma decided to blow the final whistle. Both the clubs and the match officials were still to submit their match reports to the league at the time of going to press.
Date:19 April 2018 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.