Pay­ing for old crimes

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­

Two coaches are among a list of play­ers who will miss the start of the 2015/16 sea­son due to sus­pen­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pre­mier Soc­cer League (PSL), sus­pen­sions from last sea­son will carry over to ap­pli­ca­ble fix­tures in the new sea­son. This means Roger De Sá and Eric Tin­kler will miss Or­lando Pi­rates and Ajax Cape Town’s open­ing matches – pre­sum­ably the MTN8 Cup in which both teams will play against each other af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth and fifth on the log, re­spec­tively.

The two coaches have each al­ready served a one-match sus­pen­sion but will have to sit out one more game to fully serve their two-match sus­pen­sions.

De Sá missed the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal against Mamelodi Sun­downs while Tin­kler missed the fi­nal league match against Ajax – the game where De Sá got his march­ing or­ders.

A few teams will be with­out their new re­cruits in the open­ing matches as well.

Swal­lows’ Ler­ato Cha­bangu, who has re­port­edly joined Bid­vest Wits, be­came the lat­est casualty when he re­ceived a red card in the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion (NFD) play-off against Jomo Cos­mos last week. He will now miss his new team’s two open­ing matches.

Su­perS­port United will be with­out new striker Phumelele Bhengu, who has a game to serve from his time at Thanda Royal Zulu.

Bhengu, who was the NFD’s lead­ing scorer, on 22 goals, will have to wait for United’s sec­ond game of the sea­son be­fore he can open his scor­ing ac­count.

United will also be with­out cap­tain Clay­ton Daniels for two matches – as he has served only one match of a three-match sus­pen­sion.

Sun­downs cap­tain Alje Schut, who has left the club to re­turn home to Hol­land, also has a match to sit out, but the PSL has no ju­ris­dic­tion over any other league – so he will not have to serve his sus­pen­sion.

Sun­downs’ penalty hero, Bongani Zungu, will not be avail­able for their open­ing game, as he also has a game to sit out.

Sun­downs could also be with­out de­fender Kwanda Mn­gonyama if they de­cide to re­call him from his loan spell at Mar­itzburg United.

Mn­gonyama will miss the open­ing two matches of the sea­son af­ter he re­ceived a red card in the fi­nal league game against AmaZulu.

Uni­ver­sity of Pre­to­ria’s Grant Kekana, who re­ceived a red card in the fi­nal league game against Sun­downs, will also sit out the two open­ing games of the new sea­son.

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