Nsami Mighty Birds banned for scoring 41 own goals in a match

Nsami Mighty Birds banned for scoring 41 own goals in a match

Nsami Mighty Birds banned for scoring 41 own goals in a match

If one own goal in a game is accident and two carelessness then I’m not quite sure how to explain 41 own goals in a game, well the scandal pretty much sums it up.

South African team Nsami Mighty Birds lost a 59-1 match to Matiyasi FC last month, in the South African quartet, in which most goals were scored by the losing team.

They also lost four players to red cards. finishing the game with just seven men, none of which sounds like the most subtle approach to match fixing.

Matiyasi battled Shivulani Dangerous Tigers for the title when the Tigers defeated Kotoko Happy Boys by an impressive 33-1 before Nsami shipped 59 in third place, presumably both losing sides scored to make it credible.

Earlier in the season the games had ended 2-2 and 2-1, you would be really annoyed if you only saw four or three goals in a game and missed the 60 and 34 goal thrillers in May.

Matiyasi FC lost 59-1.  Image: Facebook
Matiyasi FC lost 59-1. Image: Facebook

Now all four teams have been suspended meaning Gawula Classic won the title in fourth place.

“Our investigation showed that Matiyasi and Nsami wanted to prevent Shivulani from hitting the record, so they agreed to fix the match to prevent this,” Mopani region president Vincent Ramphago told BBC Sport.

“What’s sad is that there are young players involved because the league rules state that each team must field at least five players under 21.

“Our main goal in organizing competitions is to ensure that we train the young footballers to be potential future Bafana Bafana players.

“When we examined it, we found that some of the Matiyasi goals were not equal [properly registered] because the referee was unable to interpret his report.

“We found the referee was just writing – ‘player number 2 scored 10 goals, player number 5 scored 20 goals’ and so on – but there were 41 own goals, so how did they record these?”

Shivulani Dangerous Tigers was one of the other teams that were banned.  Image: Facebook
Shivulani Dangerous Tigers was one of the other teams that were banned. Image: Facebook

The clubs have been banned for life, while officials of the clubs have been given a five- to eight-year suspension and match officials banned from working in football for ten seasons.

Nsami weren’t the only ones to end their game with four players less, as Ramphago revealed, with Kotoko players too tired to continue.

“Our investigation found that Matiyasi and Nsami wanted to prevent Shivulani from surpassing the log, so they agreed to fix the match to prevent this,” the president added.

“When Shivulani learned that Matiyasi was leading 22-0 at halftime, he conspired to remove Kotoko Happy Boys players from the field. The players who came off the field said they were tired of leaving their team with only leaving seven players.

“Meanwhile, in Matiyasi’s match, the referee gave the players red cards, so that Nsami ended with seven players.”