Muti mix-up in Nedbank Cup

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JOHANNESBURG — A fight broke out at the weekend ahead of the Nedbank Cup match between Vardos FC and United FC in Tembisa — because the home team’s muti man prepared his match-winning formula in the wrong changeroom.

Home squad Vardos, owned by former Jomo Cosmos official Sinky Mnisi, who has been the subject of two corruption investigations in the past, hosted the match at the Makhulong Stadium against their opponents from the National First Division.

According to Premier Soccer League (PSL) officials, Vardos dispatched their muti man to the stadium early so he could prepare the potions that would be needed for the club to win the game.

Except, he went to the wrong changeroom. When United FC arrived and discovered what had been brewing in their changeroom they were livid and there were punches thrown between officials in the build-up to the match.

But it all seemed to work in favour of the visiting team from Kimberley. A hat-trick from David Radebe saw them win 3-1 to book their place in the second round later this month.

Last season Black Leopards were reported to the PSL for leaving a “sticky substance” all over the referee’s changeroom ahead of an NFD match in Thohoyandou.

Match officials were forced to change in their car before kick-off, but the PSL eventually decided against taking any action against Leopards, who went on to win promotion at the end of the season. —Kick Off