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By unknown | Sep 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) yesterday dismissed claims that it had rejected a request by Black Leopards to have their weekend match postponed in order to attend the burial of the club's captain who died in an accident.

This follows questions raised by the no-show by Leopards' players at the funeral of their former captain, Fernando Matola, in Mozambique on Saturday.

Matola, 25, his wife and two children died when his car caught fire after hitting a tree on September 2.

Lidoda Duvha had their game against Free State Stars, which was billed for Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem on Sunday, postponed to tomorrow.

Andrew Dipela, PSL general manager, confirmed yesterday that they had granted Leopards a postponement.

"It is not true that we rejected Leopards' request for a postponement. The team was supposed to play in the Free State on Sunday and the game was postponed to tomorrow.

"I am not sure what they are talking about when they say their postponement request had been rejected," a livid Dipela said.

According to the fixture schedule, Lidoda Duvha will also play AmaZulu in Thohoyandou on Saturday.

But based on the long trips they have to travel, it makes sense that the team requested a postponement of this fixture too.

Dipela said they could not postpone the fixtures further as the Telkom Knockout competition kicks off on September 26.

"We have explained the situation, through an official letter, to Leopards and they understood it.

"I find it strange that they raise the matter now," Dipela said.

"If the team had its own problems that precluded them from transporting their players to Mozambique then that's their problem and not the league's."

None of the Black Leopards' officials were available for comment at the time of going to print yesterday.

The funeral of Matola and his family took place in Maputo on Saturday.


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