Mpheni Home Defenders from Limpopo failed to secure promotion to the Motsepe Foundation championship after their elimination at the ABC Motsepe League National playoffs. Mpheni lost 3-2 on penalties to Northern Cape side Upington City on Friday.

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Upington and Orbit College from the North West are the new PSL clubs ahead of the 2022/23 season. Orbit beat hosts Umsinga United 1-0 in the second semifinal. A match that was also marred by embarrassing ugly scenes at the end.


The Umsinga fans stormed the Harry Gwala pitch in anger at the result. This also prompted a response from the Police who started to shoot with rubber bullets.

In response, gunshots were also heard coming from the Umsinga supporters. SAFA KZN Chairperson Kwenzakwakhe Ngwenya has vowed that action will be taken against the culprits.


“We’re going to make an example with this team. We’re going to charge them,” Ngwenya told the media.

Ngwenya has also criticized the security for allowing some of the fans to enter the stadium with guns.

Limpopo side Mpheni Home Defenders fail to secure promotion after ABC Motsepe League national playoffs elimination
Umsinga United fans caused controversy after their match

“It is understood that the security wasn’t right at the gate and the truth is, those people used the gates to enter which is not allowed. Guns are not allowed except the ones who are the bodyguards of the Mayor or dignitaries.”

Meanwhile, Limpopo Chronicle has been made to believe that Mpheni Home Defenders could be lodging a protest against one of the players from Upington. The club is allegedly under the view that their goalkeeper Rhuwano Wynne might have also played for the Swallows DStv Diski Challenge this season.

This publication will keep taps on any developments at the ABC Motsepe League national playoffs.