local soccer 5.8.2013 05:00 am

New row over Khenyeza

Jabu Maluleke of Supersport United and Marc Van Heereden of Amazulu during the Absa Premiership match between Supersport United and Amazulu at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on 15 September 2012© Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix

Jabu Maluleke of Supersport United and Marc Van Heereden of Amazulu during the Absa Premiership match between Supersport United and Amazulu at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on 15 September 2012© Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung said his team are continuing with their protest against Mpumalanga Black Aces for fielding Mabhuti Khenyeza, right.

Just before Amakhosi’s 1-0 win over Amazayoni on Friday night at Mbombela Stadium, Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo was seen with some papers.

Khumalo asked his captain Itumeleng Khune and his Aces counterpart Method Mwanjali to sign the protest forms.

While the protest would have had a meaningful challenge if Chiefs lost the match – their first league match since winning the title last year – they say they are going ahead with it.

“Yes,” Motaung said, “we are going ahead with the protest as planned. The win does not mean we should stop pursuing it”.

Aces shocked the local football fraternity by fielding Khenyeza who has appealed his 12-month ban imposed by the PSL for spitting at an official.

On Friday night ahead of the game, the Mpumalanga side maintained that a certain clause in the handing of the sentence allowed Khenyeza to play until the appeal outcome.

The PSL expressed shock at the call of fielding Khenyeza.

“Mpumalanga Black Aces were advised in writing prior to the kick-off that Khenyeza was under suspension, and that, according to our understanding of the Safa disciplinary code, the effect of lodging an appeal does not cause the disciplinary sanction to be suspended pending the appeal,” the PSL statement said.

“Once we have received the necessary reports the League will consider further steps in accordance with our constitution and rules.”

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