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Is this the curtain call for William Pescod?

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It has come to light that Pescod, as the host team, had neglected to prepare the ground beforehand, and thus they forfeited the match points

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William Pescod Athletic has been suspended from the ABC Motsepe League for failing to honour official games, and now it looks as though club owner, the 70 year-old Victor Mathane is considering bringing the curtain down on a long football career spanning around 60 years.

The club boss yesterday confirmed the team’s suspension. “Yes, we have been suspended. We went to matches and the coach did not have the players’ registration cards,” Mathane told the DFA.

He mentioned the team’s numerous problems especially with regard to holding on to coaches that have led him to reconsider his role in football. He also related how he had been unable to persuade a well-known local coach to stay with the team into the current season with the coach opting to join another team instead.Mathane said another local coach then offered to help out his team only for the new coach to leave the club without even giving notice.

“I was among the first coaches in this province to get a level 2 (coaching) certificate. Only one other guy has a level 3 licence in the rest of the Northern Cape. I did the course at age 42-43 thereabouts. I had good times with football,” Mathane said.

The last time the DFA reported on William Pescod was on January 19 when a match they were to have played against Colville United at the AR Abass Stadium failed to materialise because the ground was unmarked and there were no goalposts. The postponement of the match was at the time acknowledged by the provincial Safa secretary Willem Coetzee.

However, it has come to light that Pescod, as the host team, had neglected to prepare the ground beforehand, and thus they forfeited the match points.

This was also the second game in the season that Pescod had failed to honour their commitments. The other time was when they missed a match against United Rovers in De Aar late last year.

It appears as if matters took a turn for worse at the Kimberley club earlier this year. A source who declined to be named said the team frequently failed to honour scheduled Safa games.

“When you miss three games then you are out – as in expelled. When you are expelled rather than suspended your team must restart at the promotion league level which is at the Local Football Association stage,” the source told the DFA.

This assertion by the anonymous source appears to contradict a telephonic statement issued by the league secretary Coetzee about a week ago when the DFA enquired after the status of William Pescod.

Coetzee, when asked whether Pescod was still part of the ABC Motsepe League set-up, answered in the affirmative, saying the club was still very much part of Safa.

Yesterday Mathane reminisced at length about his activities in football. “During my time every weekend, we were on the road all over the country. I have lots of trophies also. We (Pescod) were promoted to the (national) first division in 2001.

We qualified for the first division when it still had two streams. We survived the first season and the next season we were relegated. There were a lot of referee problems then with the guys wanting to know whether you are going to ‘look after them’ and so on.”

Asked pointedly whether he was retiring and leaving Pescod, Mathane said his wife was of the view that he should reconsider his involvement with football because of his age. Mathane said the family, which includes a son who stays in Port Elizabeth and another who is in Kimberley, were also of the view that he ought to take things slow.