SA duo hit out after abandoned match

SA Players Abroad

Bafana Bafana defender Thibang Phete is one of two South African players who have hit out after their match was abandoned in bizarre and controversial circumstances.

Phete and countryman Sphephelo Sithole both ply their trade for Portuguese Primeira Liga side Belenenses whose match against Benfica was abandoned on Saturday evening.

Neither player featured during the clash amid a mass Covid-19 outbreak within the club's camp which forced the team to field just nine players in their starting XI, including two goalkeepers.

As a result, Belenenses fell to a 7-0 deficit by half-time before returning for the second stanza with only seven players, and the match was abandoned a minute later when goalkeeper Joao Monteiro dropped to the floor.

Ahead of the match 17 players and staff from the club tested positive for the coronavirus and officials in Portugal were widely criticised for demanding that the match went ahead as scheduled.

Both Phete and Sithole were among those who hit out at the decision and shared the same message across their respective social media pages.

"Football is only in colour if there is competition. Football only has colour if it has sports truth. Football only has colour when it is an example of public health. Today, football has lost its colour" the statement said.

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