Baroka FC fires coach, key players
Olaleng Shaku and Oscarine Masuluke axed after a disciplinary process for misconduct
BAROKA FC coach Kgoloko Thobejane , a captain and a goalkkeeper have been booted out of the club. Thobejane was shown the door in absentia after he failed to attend a disciplinary hearing last week. His dismissal has been confirmed by club chairman Khurishi Mphahlele.
Thobejane could not be reached but Mphahlele reportedly said the coach collected the verdict on Monday.
Captain Olaleng Shaku said he has apologised and asked for forgiveness from the club following his unceremonious dismissal.
Shaku together with goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke were booted out of the Limpopo club following a boozing incident which also allegedly involved the soft-spoken Thobejane.
The pair had a remarkable journey at Baroka FC from the time the club campaigned in the Vodacom League. Shaku was a long serving captain of the side while Masuluke gained popularity after being nominated for the 2017 FIFA Puskas Awards.
But today they are languishing at home without a club after being axed by the club following a disciplinary process for misconduct.
Their story is an example of how things can quickly change in football.
Mphahlele said the club’s decision to dismiss their skipper and star goalkeeper is because the Limpopo outfit did not want to be derailed by things that do not have anything to do with football.
“Unfortunately, I can’t go into the details of why we arrived at this decision but can confirm to you that the players have been released.
“I think it’s best for both parties and we move on with the serious business of being competitive in this league and build this brand that the people of Limpopo are proud of,” said Mphahlele.
The two players have been implicated, together with the coach in a drinking scandal at the club. They were accused of boozing up in the team’s bus after losing 2-0 to Free State Stars early last month.
When contacted for comment the 29-year-old Shaku, who had been with Baroka since their days in the Vodacom League, all would say was that he was very sorry and he has asked for forgiveness at his former club while Masuluke agreed for African Times to send him a list of questions but never responded to them.
Keagan Warsefall, Masuluke’s agent said that his contract was terminated after an internal disciplinary hearing.
“He is young and will learn from this. Now we will just look to the future, assess possible options for the new season,” Warsefall said.
In 2016, Masuluke gained prominence after his last minute bicycle kick that earned Baroka a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates which then got him nominated for the FIFA awards.
When asked if the Puskas award nominee had any pre-offers as yet, Warsefall said that he wouldn’t have any offers yet as the dismissal was still fresh.
“I’m sure teams will start assessing their squads closer to the end of the season,” he said.
Mphahlele added that the coach who is alleged to have been drinking with the two players was supposed to have appeared before a disciplinary committee last Wednesday but failed to attend.
“We are in a critical stage of the league and the Nedbank Cup campaigns and our focus must be on doing well on the field during the remaining matches.” Mphahlele said. Mukurukuru Media
Fired Baroka FC captain Olaleng Shaku has apologised.