Mashaba told to pack up and go

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za Mamelodi Sun­downs have sent de­fender Mzikayise Mashaba pack­ing.

City Press can to­day re­veal that the 28-year-old was ad­vised that his con­tract would be ter­mi­nated with im­me­di­ate ef­fect for mis­con­duct.

A high-rank­ing Sun­downs of­fi­cial con­firmed that Mashaba was shown the door fol­low­ing a spate of run­ning bat­tles with the club, which in­clude ill-dis­ci­pline and miss­ing train­ing ses­sions.

“He is gone,” said the source. “The club had had enough of him and de­cided to is­sue him with a clear­ance. It has been a long time com­ing as he was given too many chances to mend his ways but failed to do so. The coach didn’t want to see him go, but he re­luc­tantly ac­cepted the sit­u­a­tion.”

Sun­downs me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer Thu­lani Thuswa con­firmed the club had parted ways with the player.

“The club held a dis­ci­plinary in­quiry fol­low­ing mis­con­duct by Mashaba on May 10 dur­ing our match against Baroka. The player pleaded guilty and he was sub­se­quently dis­missed,” said Downs.

Mashaba’s agent, Tim Sukazi, con­firmed that the player was ad­vised by the club of the out­come of the dis­ci­plinary in­quiry – the com­mit­tee chair rec­om­mended that his con­tract be ter­mi­nated.

How­ever, Sukazi said their le­gal team was look­ing at the mat­ter and were of the view that “there are pro­ce­dural and le­gal is­sues that need to be ad­dressed, which they are work­ing on now to­gether with Sun­downs”.

“As a mat­ter of fact, he was never handed a clear­ance by Sun­downs. But of grave con­cern is the tim­ing of this de­ci­sion as you are well aware that he is in­jured and will be laid off for a few months with an Achilles ten­don in­jury,” said Sukazi.

The left-footed winger was re­cently linked with Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Or­lando Pi­rates. Now that he is a free agent, he can join the club of his choice.

He was in the books of Plat­inum Stars, Free State Stars and Bid­vest Wits be­fore join­ing Sun­downs in 2013.

This move could push Sun­downs to in­ten­sify their pur­suit of Cape Town City winger Aubrey Ngoma.

PHOTO: THEMBA MAKOFANE

FREE TO GO Sun­downs Mzikayise Mashaba has parted ways with

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