Paying for old crimes
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.