Members of the executive committee pose for a photo after the meeting. Seated from left to right are Messrs Ephraim Singo, Philbert Ndobe, Samuel Matodzi and Ms Norah Mudzielwana. Standing in the back row, from left to right, are James Maluleke, Alice Mhangwani, Richard Mammbeda, Joseph Tshikosi and Frank Phathela. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

Clean audit for Safa Vhembe


The Safa Vhembe Regional Football Association has managed to get another clean audit, this time for the soccer season that ended on 30 June 2022.

When presenting the financial report during the association’s annual general meeting, which was held at the Porche Villa Hotel in Thohoyandou last Saturday, the treasurer of the association, Mr James Maluleke, said that his association was proud to have received an unqualified audit opinion in the last five soccer seasons.

The president of the association, Mr Philbert Ndobe, said that his association had lost its main sponsor, MMK Administrators. He stated that the association had managed to give the clubs their league prizes for the 2021/22 soccer season, despite the fact that they had parted ways with the sponsor two seasons ago.

Mr Ndove said that his association had managed to promote two clubs, Vondwe XI Bullets and United Artists, to the ABC Motsepe League in the last two soccer seasons, despite all the odds. He reported back that the association’s disciplinary committee had dealt with seventy cases last season. The cases ranged from abandonment of games to assault on match officials and the fielding of improperly registered players.

Mr Ndobe expressed his concern about the number of assaults on match officials, which were increasing every season. The former treasurer of the association said that they had suspended four match officials last season, following allegations of misconduct. He added that they were in the process of recruiting more young match officials as most of the referees were ageing.

He said that the association had produced eight referees and six assistant referees who were now officiating in the ABC Motsepe League. The association has once again promoted one referee and two assistant referees to officiate in the Premier Soccer League.

The association’s offices have already closed for the festive season and will reopen on Monday, 9 January.



Date:23 December 2022

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.

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