Ngcongca cleared by video replay
ANELE Ngcongca reacted with fury this weekend to a red card received in a crucial game for Genk against league leaders Club Brugge.
The Bafana Bafana star, playing in a less familiar holding midfield role that he has not occupied since his days at FC Fortune in the early 2000s, was given his marching orders after 14 minutes for what was deemed a dangerous tackle.
However, replays showed he got the ball cleanly and the sending-off was greeted with astonishment even by fans of Club Brugge.
Ngcongca risked the ire of Belgian football authorities though when he took to Twitter to lambast the decision, saying "referees in Belgium are stupid", before quickly deleting the Tweet. His coach, Mario Been, backed him, suggesting the decision was "unacceptable" and saying referees in the country are too quick to reach for red.
Ngcongca will now try to have the card rescinded to escape a domestic ban that would see him miss the next three games for his club, including against Darren Keet's Kortrijk and top side Standard Liege later this month.
Meanwhile, May Mahlangu came through unscathed for Helsingborg as they won 2-0 against Mjallby on Sunday.