With only a few games remaining, the race for the Rhodes Internal League title is still an open one. However, such high levels of competitiveness and unpredictability are a gateway for frustration, particularly in the case of Cory Matthews FC. The Matthews team has recently been charged with misconduct which saw a number of their players getting bans.
In a game on the 8th of September against Rhodes Staff FC, it was alleged that Cory Matthews players pushed the referee around and behaved in an unsportsmanlike fashion. This led to their subsequent withdrawal from the league with all teams being awarded 3 points in the process. Cory had previously been on top of the log but had to relinquish their position following this incident.
After an appeal process, it was discovered that Cory FC was not in the wrong and that they were only trying to calm the situation. The team went on to release a statement declaring that they did not withdraw from the league. The team has since been reinstated in the league and narrowly lost 3-2 to Hilltop FC. After a 2-1 win over Phoenix FC, the management of Cory FC stated that only 5 players were still banned and that some players had already returned from their bans.
When asked about the way forward from here, they stated, “The boys are still bleak, tired, but we still want to win the league”. After the win over Phoenix FC, Cory FC find themselves on 24 points, 3 points behind leaders Goldfields FC with 2 games in hand. Cory FC management commented on the mood in the camp noting that they are still optimistic, ambitious and believe that they can win this championship.
With only a few games remaining, the battle for Rhodes Football’s most sought after title intensifies. Regardless of the result, this will mark the end of another memorable season full of thrills, spills and everything in between.
Words by Asavela Mhlanga