Super Falcons boss suspects match-fixing in Gauteng Sasol League title decider with Sundowns Ladies
Posted: 6 November 2017 Time: 13:45
Super Falcons chairman Bob Maredi feels the officiating in a Gauteng Sasol League title decider with Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies on Saturday indicated the match was fixed.
Maredi says there were many poor decisions in the season-finale, which had to be halted when an outraged Falcons player reportedly kicked the referee in the chest as unruly scenes unfolded at Chloorkop.
Maredi plans to file a complaint with SAFA’s refereeing department.
“The game started at 15h00 and it should have finished, let’s say at 16h45, and at 16h50 we still absorbed Sundowns and [thought] hopefully the game will be finished [soon],” Maredi told KickOff.com.
“The game went on until, when I looked at my watch that time, it was 17h05. The refereeing there, right through the game it was very, very bad. He was so biased and most of the time our players were penalised; yellow cards and all that.
“But we still managed to absorb them but the worst one was, during that time, we were complaining already and said ‘This game has gone on too long’. And everyone was starting to scream outside like the other people, not even our people, who said, ‘No man, this game is now playing for a very long time’.
“All of a sudden there was a throw-in against Falcons and from that throw-in the assistant referee raised the flag to give the sign to the referee and said, ‘Come over over, I want to tell you something’. When the referee got there he pointed to one of our defenders. The referee went to that defender and he gave them a red card out of nowhere.
“We were shocked and surprised. And now the worst one, the very same throw-in that was supposed to be taken, it turned out to be a set-piece. They took it and it was a high ball, our keeper went for the ball and three players of Sundowns knocked her inside the box and then it was a goal, and that is how they equalised.
“It was then stopped for a while and then we came back and one or two kicks, then the game was stopped. For my side and to be honest with you, that game was fixed. It was a fixed game because we really got Sundowns frustrated. Their plans were shattered because the way we planned that game, it worked so well.
“So what I’ve decided to do, I’m going to be writing a report to send it to SAFA’s referees department. Because another thing, that game was a big game and everyone was aware it was a big game. People came from all over the country.
“Another sad [thing] was that they [SAFA] sent two referees in a big game like that. It was one referee and the linesman and there was no another lineman. It is how they take women’s soccer.”
KickOff.com contacted Sundowns Ladies coach Jerry Tshabalala, who said he was unable to comment to the media at this stage.
“Unfortunately for now we are not allowed to speak to the media, but after the management meeting today you can just give me a call,” Tshabalala said.
“We are willing as Mamelodi Sundowns to come forward whatever that is put forward, but for now I’m not allowed to speak to the media.”
Asked if his table-topping team have been declared Gauteng Sasol League champions, he responded: “As thing stands we not sure. But like I said we not allowed to say anything until the management [meeting]. But try me some time after two o’clock today.”
Banyana Banyana trio Janine van Wyk, Amanda Dlamini and Noko Matlou took to Twitter after the game to blast the officials.
Van Wyk said: “Shocking officiating is destroying women's football on South Africa. Such a shame to see a team lose this way @sasol league @ SAFA_net.’
Dlamini said: “So many times undeserving teams go to the playoffs because of coaches, administrators & referees scheming, bringing nothing but shame to the game.”
Matlou, the CAF Women's Footballer of the Year in 2008, said: “Mr Patrick Seema, I wonder how do you feel after what happened today, are you proud as SAFA Limpopo referees coordinator, because you were there and you saw?”