Baroka FC con­firm Kgoloko Thobe­jane’s sus­pen­sion

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG - Baroka FC coach Kgoloko Thobe­jane has of­fi­cially been sus­pended, the club con­firmed.

It is al­leged that Thobe­jane in­dulged in some fire­wa­ter with the play­ers in the bus to Polok­wane fol­low­ing their 2-0 league de­feat to Free State Stars at Goble Park Sta­dium last week.

The club CEO‚ Mor­gan Mam­mila, con­firmed the news of Thobe­jane’s sus­pen­sion to Times­Live, but said it had noth­ing to do with al­le­ga­tions of drink­ing as re­ported in the me­dia.

“Yes it’s true. The coach has been sus­pended,” Mam­mila said.

“No t here’s no such thing[ al­le­ga­tions of drink­ing]. No‚ it’s not that. That’s just peo­ple spec­u­lat­ing ,” he added.

Mam­mila said Thobe­jane’s sus­pen­sion was an in­ter­nal mat­ter, but he didn’t go­ing into de­tails.

“No, it’s an in­ter­nal mat­ter, but surely it’s not the al­le­ga­tion of Free State Stars,” con­cluded the Baroka boss. Thobe­jane was asked to step aside some time last year by the club, and the team strug­gled in his ab­sence. It re­mains to be seen if he will re­turn to his post in the near fu­ture.

Bak­gaga didn’t start 2018 on a good note as they are cur­rently ly­ing ninth on the log ta­ble with 26 points from 20 league games. In the five league games that they have played so far this year, Baroka lost to Or­lando Pi­rates, Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars, and won just once against AmaZulu. Their match against Golden Ar­rows ended in a draw. Baroka will host Chippa United at the Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium in Polok­wane next week­end, but be­fore then, they will travel to Rusten­burg to face Plat­inum Stars in the Last 32 of the Ned­bank Cup on Fe­bru­ary 14.

Baroka FC coach Kgoloko Thobe­jane.

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