Kaizer Chiefs condemns violent attacks, calls for an end to hooliganism

Saul Bowman
April 24, 2018

Following ugly scenes at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night, Kaizer Chiefs announced that Steve Komphela had resigned from his position as head coach, however, it later emerged that the club made a decision to axe the former Bafana Bafana defender to curb fan violence.

A Fire was also started on the eastern side of Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Resulting from the ugly scenes, players from both clubs as well as their technical teams, had to run for cover, but a security guard was beaten and left unconscious on the pitch.

The 44-year-old former Malawian global Mabedi will be in charge of Chiefs in their three remaining matches this season.

On the other hand, the former Mthatha Bush Bucks player revealed that Chiefs must look for a local coach because a foreign mentor will take time to settle down.

"What we saw today is not good for football".


Police said Sunday that two people had been arrested and more arrests were imminent following the mayhem at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the east coast city of Durban. South Africa's worst soccer disaster was in 2001 when 43 supporters died in a crush at a game, also between the Chiefs and Pirates in Johannesburg. Supporters must always know, you win some and you lose some.

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Before Saturday's match, police officials didn't show up for a planning meeting on security, Premier Soccer League Chairman, Irvin Khoza, told a televised news conference in Johannesburg.

"Such behaviour goes against the very ethos of what Amakhosi stands for, which is love and peace".

It is likely that Chiefs will receive a charge sheet this coming week and punishment against them will be swift, with the club just last week receiving a R250,000 fine, R200,000 of which was suspended for 24 months on the condition there was no repeat of the fan violence that followed their 3-0 loss to Chippa United earlier in April.

"Football is not about fights, we unite in football and I am disappointed about it and it is sad because Kaizer (Moatung) will have to pay the damages now", he concluded.

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