South African Club banned for life after beating Opponent 59-1, 41 of which were own goal

A lower division South African club, Matiyasi FC, has been banned for life after scoring fifty-nine goals in one match.

Matiyasi FC, who were competing for promotion to the Provincial ABC Motsepe League, beat Nsami Mighty Birds 59-1, with forty-one of the goals scored as own-goals in the game.

Another player who was given a red card in the first half also scored a goal in the second half putting football authorities at a loss as to the possibility of such a scenario happening without any match fixing

The incident occurred last week and the South African Football Association (SAFA) has now reacted.

According to SAFA, the country’s football ruling body, SAFA’s regional office in Limpopo summoned both Matiyasi FC and Nsami Mighty Birds to a Disciplinary Committee hearing on 25 May 2022 in Giyani.

Both teams were charged and found guilty of corruption and going against the association’s statutes.

SAFA then announced that Matiyasi FC has been permanently banned from all football activities while both teams have also been given a five-year suspension within the region.


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