By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE dark cloud is hanging again in the province of Limpopo’s in the football fraternity after Polokwane City’s players died in a fatal accident outside Polokwane.
The accident which happened in a four-way intersection at Nobody village, less than ten km outside Mankweng township (Turfloop) and 17km outside Polokwane where City (formerly known as Bay United) plays their home matches at the University of Limpopo is said to have happened when the bus in which the players were travelling in collided with another bus and a van, leaving about four players dead while more than 20 people including some of the players were rushed to Mankweng hospital with serious injuries..
The players were returning from their home league match against the visiting FC AK at the University of Limpopo’s Oscar Mphetha Stadium which ended in a 1-1 draw when the accident took place.
City who recently appointed former Black Leopards coach, Heric Vladislav almost lost their status earlier in the season after they were found guilty of fielding un-properly registered player in the case which also involved fellow Limpopo side Dynamos and Carara Kicks of Free State, but only to retain their place in the NFD through a board-room decision.
Before today’s match, City played FC Cape Town last weekend where they held the Cape side 1-1 away in Cape Town before they could beat United FC of Free State 2-0 at home (Oscar Mpheta Stadium) last Wednesday.
Before today’s match, City who are still playing catch-up matches were lying on the 13th position on the NFD’s 16-clubs log with four points after four league matches.
This latest development comes hardly three weeks after the passing away of Bafana Bafana’s assistant coach, Thomas “Chincha” Madigage, also from Limpopo who passed on in a fatal accident between Polokwane and Burgersfort and almost two months after a 16 year-old player, Andani Hutama of Bennie’s Academy of Venda collapsed in the field of play and died later at a hospital while playing for her school during SASFA Metropolitan Under-16 Cup in KwaZulu-Natal.