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Boys stone Zambia soccer team bus

By Sapa | Nov 15, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 84 ]

After the squad beat Bafana Bafana

Two boys, aged 12 and 13, were briefly taken into police custody for allegedly pelting the Zambian soccer team’s bus with stones.

“We can confirm the incident took place and the perpetrators who pelted the Zambian bus, two young boys, were confined by police,” Safa spokesman Dominic Chimhavi said.

The boys have since been released, and will not be prosecuted.

“The two minors appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court this afternoon. The case has been withdrawn,” spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila said.

“The children were sent for counselling.

“The prosecutors withdrew the case and questions should be referred to the prosecution team.” 

Comment from the National Prosecuting Authority could not be obtained immediately.

The incident happened on Wednesday night after the Zambian soccer team beat Bafana Bafana 1-0 at Soccer City.

Brig Malila confirmed that Zambia’s goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, who also plays for the Free State Stars in South Africa, was injured, as he was sitting at the window which was hit.

A Tweet by the Zambian Football Association on Thursday morning read: “Very sad that Zambian bus was stoned and Kennedy Mweene sustained a head injury. Has had stitches and is ok, but the incident was shameful”. 

The SA Football Association (Safa) and Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) condemned the stoning.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani apologised to his Zambian counterpart and said the relationship between the two countries went beyond soccer.

“Such embarrassing behaviour is alien to the Safa and damages the good name of our association and country.

“We do not want at any time to be associated with these scoundrels of society,” Nematandani said.

Afcon 2013 CEO Mvuzo Mbebe said it was an isolated attack and would not affect preparations for the tournament.

“We are disturbed by this incident which is totally an isolated one. South African fans do not behave like this and are known to take defeat in the good spirit,” Mbebe said in a statement.

“This country has hosted numerous international events and we have not experienced such conduct.” 

Safa spokesman Dominic Chimhavi also said the behaviour was unacceptable.

“Safa does not condone this behaviour. The match was played in honour of Nelson Mandela and these people are not welcome at our stadiums. They should watch the games at home,” said Chimhavi.

“People come to the games with their families and this behaviour is not acceptable. It is not in the spirit of Fifa’s fair play policy or the Nelson Mandela Challenge.”

COMMENTS [ 84 ]

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DJW: And also with respect, I would venture that many South Africans of the whole spectrum of SA shades would agree that given the difference in performance of the two teams, bafana and banyana, it is preferable to distinguish between them. Banyana are putting on one helluva show, while the boys are playing like dunderheads.

Nov 15, 2012 10:56 | 0 replies

@maftownlady2
but how many chiefs players started the game ? when people happay say its chiefs players? this is national team not pirates, chiefs, swallows.... celebrate mbesuma goal coz he scored khune? just BUNCH OF IDIOTS WHO DOING THIS....
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Forgive them, They(Idiots) walk among us.

Nov 15, 2012 11:24 | 0 replies

@Phuphethakatha - Man, when I see your avatar I think of GoatTr@sh :-D

Nov 15, 2012 11:27 | 0 replies

@Wow! Now G0atTrash is barred? Is it because of his humorous insults?

Nov 15, 2012 11:28 | 0 replies

Too many foreigners in our local teams kills our own soccer that is why we are loosing to every country, re sa tlo lewa

Nov 15, 2012 11:34 | 0 replies

The only way Bafana Bafana will ever become a solid soccer team is for the coaches to hire foriegn African players to play for the national team.50% foreign African players and 50% SA players making up the bafana bafana team will bring about an increase in performance.

If you lot can keep your xenophobia in check and follow the route taken by USA,France ,England and many other western as well as arab countries by hiring forign players then you will see some changes.
Look around the continent ,there are thousands of hungry talented local players playing in local leagues of their countries.This individuals will jump ship and play for bafana bafana in a heartbeat if ofered a good deal.

Nov 15, 2012 11:37 | 0 replies

Naughty boys

Nov 15, 2012 11:37 | 0 replies

The same happens to Kambamba Musasa when he scored against Bafunny Bafunny in the last minutes..........Cant we accept that a better team won on the day?..

Nov 15, 2012 11:39 | 0 replies

@9janavy
Well said, ntate!

Nov 15, 2012 11:41 | 0 replies

True they saw adults do this. They thought it was the right thing to do. But they picked a wrong bus.

Nov 15, 2012 11:22 | 0 replies

Lephene
They are Zulus

ua retarded u need help crius help, myb u neva got 2ply wth toyz u attention seeker u imbecile

Nov 15, 2012 11:21 | 0 replies