Mjempu suspects more ABC corruption


The issue of corruption in the ABC Motsepe League has once again come under the spotlight after Passion FC lodged a fresh complaint with SAFA.

Passion bought the status of FC Zone Mavo during the off-season and quickly enlisted the services of former Orlando Pirates defender Lizo Mjempu as their coach.

The Mpumalanga-based side made their maiden appearance this past weekend against Nkomazi Real Aces at KwaMaqekeza Stadium in Mpumalanga, losing 1-0, and the officiating was called into question after two Passion goals were disallowed.

Speaking to KickOff.com, Mjempu revealed their complaint to SAFA and urged the football governing body to intervene at grassroots level.

"I always heard about this issue of corruption in the lower leagues. I got the first-hand experience for the first time in our game in Nkomazi on Saturday," said Mjempu.

"Every decision by the referee was always against my team. We had two goals disallowed and two penalties denied. It's just painful to waste so much money preparing for the league and get such kind of treatment. It was by the grace of God that we came back home with the result, otherwise it was written all over that we were set to lose the match.

"We going to write a letter to SAFA and plead with them to look at the issue of corruption in the lower leagues and also lodge a complaint regarding our game against Nkomazi Real Aces on Saturday."

SAFA Mpumalanga executive committee member Bevan Mahlangu has confirmed the matter is now in their hands.

"We have received the report of the match between Passion FC and Nkomazi Real Aces and we will do the investigations," Mahlangu assured.

Allegations of corruption have been rife in the ABC Motsepe League. Limpopo-based side Madridtas FC were deducted 58 points after being found guilty of registering Martin Nsimba without the proper documents.