Safa’s Disciplinary Committee has overturned an earlier ruling they handed down to Classic FC and declared that Peace Lovers had erred in fielding an improperly registered player, Solomon Phala, when they defeated Classic 1-0 in a Nedbank Cup qualifying match.
Lovers, who had also won the Limpopo region of the Vodacom League, have also been docked points they gained when they defeated Classic in a league match of which Classic had protested about the same player, Phala, and the points have been awarded to Classic.
In essence, it now means that while Peace Lovers were declared winners of the region only a fortnight ago, have not only been kicked out of the Nedbank Cup, but have also now lost the regional championship.
Although Lazarus Mafa, chairman of Peace Lovers had claimed that Phala had been properly cleared by his former team Dia Rora, the DC found this to be untrue and kicked them out of the competition and reinstated Classic back in the competition during their sitting on Sunday.
The case had earlier been dismissed by the same DC and Classic chairman Sinky Mnisi appealed to the SA Football Association Appeal Board and even threatened to take the matter with world controlling body Fifa if he was not given an opportunity to state his case.
Classic will now line-up against First Division Coast Stream side Vasco da Gama in the first round fixture of the competition at home this weekend.