JOHANNESBURG, March 20 – The South African Football Association (Safa) has announced that the red card shown to Golden Arrows’ Lambikano Mzava was done in error.
The player who should have received a yellow card for an illegal tackle was teammate Mzwandile Buthelezi.
The mix-up occurred in the match between Arrows and Orlando Pirates this past weekend when referee Thando Ndzandzeka identified the wrong player.
Ndzandzeka wrongly showed the red card (for two yellow cards) to Mzava (shirt number 5). The Golden Arrows player who should have been yellow-carded was Buthelezi (shirt number 3).
Therefore, the red card shown to Mzava has been rescinded on the basis of mistaken identity.
The referee has since written an acknowledgement letter that after reviewing the match, he had shown the yellow card to the wrong player.
“We have since written correspondence to this effect to the club and the Premier Soccer League,” said Tenda Masikhwa from SAFA Referees Department.