South African Football Association (SAFA) match official assaulted by fans after goalkeeper was sent off

SAFA match commissioner Jabu Nzima was taken to hospital on Saturday following a deadly attack by fans at the KwaNyamazane stadium in Mbombela during a Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League playoff match between Bayern FC and the Secunda M Stars.

Fans erupted in anger as Bayern were awarded a penalty late in the 70th minute for a foul inside the box on striker Lolo Mbonani by the Stars keeper, who was also shown a red card direct.

This is the latest example of fan unrest following the vandalism of the car tires of SAFA referee Victor Hlungwane and University of Pretoria scout Tebogo Monyai in last week’s first leg.

Bevan Mahlangu, provincial secretary of SAFA in Mpumalanga, said Nzima was discharged from hospital immediately after the event.

Due to a pitch invasion, the match was ordered to be abandoned.

“Yes, it is true that match commissioner Jabulani Nzima has been discharged from hospital. I would prefer not to comment on the incident until SAFA receives the match report.

“Once the case has been filed with SAFA DC, I can comment,” Mahlangu told KickOff.

Bayern FC is managed by Lizo Mjemba, a former Orlando Pirates defender, while Secunda M Stars is owned by Fanyana Sibanyoni, a former SAFA NEC member.

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