Kaizer Chiefs Appoint Malawian Coach Mabedi for Remainder of the Season


Amid the chaos, one security guard was brutally attacked by a group of rioters while others set fire to seats, invaded the field and destroyed television cameras and other items near the player tunnels.

"Police were forced to use stun grenades to disperse the unruly crowds‚" Gwala said.

According to the AP, only two people have been arrested so far with more likely to come. One security guard was injured as a result of the scuffle with fans.

As the supporters beat the guard, a woman can be heard shouting: "They are going to kill". Twelve of the men were treated by medics at the stadium and five men were taken to hospital where they were treated.

In the wake of coach Steve Komphela's decision to resign as Amakhosi coach, Kaizer Chiefs legend Patrick Mayo says it was the right decision, albeit long overdue.

Komphela, it would appear, had limited say in who was brought in to the team, yet will forever be judged on the inability of the side to claim silverware.

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Terrified players had to run for the safety of the dressing rooms as the enraged fans swept onto the field after the final whistle. "We are anxious about the safety of the players, the coach and supporters". Later, riot police, sheltering behind a white armored vehicle, shot volleys of tear gas into the stands.

PSL spokesman Lux September said: "Hooliganism and thuggery [like] this have no place in football and acts of violence perpetrated by individuals as [seen] last night can not be tolerated. The league will work closely with law enforcement to ensure that those responsible for this hooliganism are subjected to judicial process", the statement said.

South African football has a growing sickness and unless the symptoms are treated quickly and decisively, the violence, and possibly deaths, will continue.

Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa, and the Premier Soccer League were among those to slam the behaviour of the Kaizer Chiefs fans, and called on Stadium Management South Africa to address the incident.

Last year, two people died in a stampede outside a game between Kaizer Chiefs and fierce rival Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg.