Matiyasi FC, a lower-division South African club, has been banned for life after scoring 59 goals in a single match.
Matiyasi FC, who were competing for promotion to the Provincial ABC Motsepe League, defeated Nsami Mighty Birds 59-1, with 41 goals coming from own-goals.
Another player who received a red card in the first half scored a goal in the second, leaving football officials baffled as to how such a scenario could occur without any match manipulation.
The event occurred last week, and the South African Football Association (SAFA) issued a statement in response.
SAFA’s regional office in Limpopo called both Matiyasi FC and Nsami Mighty Birds to a Disciplinary Committee hearing on May 25, 2022, in Giyani, according to SAFA, the country’s football governing body.
Both teams were accused of corruption and found guilty of violating the association’s rules.
SAFA then declared that the club had been permanently barred from all football operations, as well as a five-year suspension for both teams in the region.