Caf still to rule on Bucs issue
ISSUES arising from the recent African Champions League tie between Orlando Pirates and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo are still to be dealt with by the Confederation of African Football (Caf), says its general secretary.
Allegations that a TP Mazembe official struck one of the Swazi referees after the first leg at Orlando Stadium - and a complaint by the South African Football Association about the treatment of Pirates and their entourage in Lubumbashi for the second leg - have been made in the wake of last month's controversy-dominated tie.
"The disciplinary board of Caf will meet in June [this month] to cover any incidents that occurred during this match," said Hicham el Amrani yesterday.
But it has emerged that neither the Swazi officials nor the match commissioner at the first leg in Soweto reported any incident and without their evidence no charges are likely to be formulated.
The referee, Smangaliso Nhleko, who also took charge of Sunday's friendly between Lesotho and South Africa, was supposed to have made mention of the alleged incident in his report sent to Caf after the match.
He is also supposed to inform the match commissioner, who is then mandated to make a similar report. It is on the basis of these reports that Caf tables issues before its disciplinary committee.
Caf's disciplinary committee, which is headed by Raymond Hack, sits next week.
Also unlikely to be on the agenda is the complaint Safa sent to Caf about the treatment of the Pirates team, officials and journalists at the second leg in Lubumbashi.
But letters of complaint rarely lead to any charges being placed before the Caf disciplinary committee. Iin the past an accumulation of complaints over the treatment of visiting teams to the DRC did lead to the unusual step of the country being banned for one year from entering teams in the annual pan-African competitions.
Safa general secretary Dennis Mumble said yesterday: "We have not received any feedback from Caf on the matter."
Pirates beat Mazembe 3-2 on aggregate to qualify for the group phase of the Champions League, which gets under way next month.