SAFA KwaZulu Natal chairman Kwenza Ngwenya has applauded the KwaZulu Natal teams that participated in the ABC Motsepe League.
Umvoti FC were crowned KZN champions after winning their two-legged final against Real Kings on away goal rule, with a 1-1 scoreline.
Ngwenya told FARPost that their season was a successful one, with teams showing more strength.
“Our league, I can say it was very good as you saw the teams that were playing in the final, the standard tells you that those teams have defied the odds.”
“We’ve learnt that there is a need to be strict with match referees, because there were a lot of complaints from the clubs about match officials,” Ngwenya admitted.
“We have a huge challenge with our referees, they are mischievous, so we will work hard to oversee their officiating in the next season and get rid of this tendency.
“The association is working on some plans to improve the standard of refereeing, especially for next season, we will not tolerate officials robbing deserving teams,” added Ngwenya.
He also admitted to miscommunication regarding the rules about U23 players that should start and finish the match in the league, which has been quite a challenge with many protests.
“We cannot faulter the clubs, it’s not normal for one to point an error to themselves but there was miscommunication, when it comes to clubs getting the correct rules.
“Remember the league is run from the national association, we don’t make our own rules in KZN, so the clubs did not get the correct communication regarding the matter from the national office.
“We have also learnt that before the start of the season, we’ll make sure that all the clubs receive correspondence about the running of the league, so that we can avoid those protests,” concluded Ngwenya.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter