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MBABANE – Consequent to the incident’s absence in the match officials’ reports, he could escape the maximum E100 000 Ingwenyama Cup fine and suspension.

That is elite side Vovovo FC boss and businessman Sipho ‘Tsetla’ Bhembe, who wrote a letter to the Premier League of Eswatini on Wednesday afternoon, profusely apologising to the organisation’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors for the implication in the unfortunate stabbing of a Mbabane Highlanders fan.

The fan was stabbed soon after Highlanders 2-1 win over Vovovo in the Ingwenyama Cup Last 16 replay match at Somhlolo National Stadium on Tuesday night. The incident happened behind the grandstands and next to the Vovovo dressing room. The matter is currently with the Mbabane Magistrates Court, which granted Bhembe a E2 000 bail and he was expected back in court on March 12.

He pleaded not guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm (GBH). The fan, Ntobeko Mongi Maziya, who had two stab wounds in the back and front of his left shoulder, was treated and discharged at the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Manzini.

“This particular incident was not captured by the match officials. It took place in an awkward position for them but what appears is the second incident of the one team being blocked from leaving the dressing room,” confirmed PLE CEO Simanga Nhleko yesterday.

However, Nhleko would not commit himself as to whether Bhembe would walk free of the Ingwenyama Cup Rules and Regulations that would see him fined up to a maximum E100 000 and minimum E10 000 if found guilty by the Disciplinary Committee (DC), and suspended for not more than six months maximum and three months minimum.
“At the moment I cannot make any comment regarding that,” he said.
Questioned on the letter Bhembe wrote to his office, Nhleko was still reluctant to commit himself, saying as much as they did get a letter from him, he was not in a position to divulge its contents.
“I still have to report to my superiors first and they will give the directive to then make any statement,” he said.
However, when asked if it was true that Bhembe was allegedly apologising to the organisation for the incident in which he is accused of stabbing Maziya, he neither denied nor confirmed it. He only confirmed his meeting with Bhembe yesterday afternoon in his office but said they had a confidentiality agreement until the time was right, probably next week for either party to go public.
Note that this matter is also with the court of law, which makes it sealed to concerned parties and organisations to say much about it at the moment.

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