Thanda to field their expats for Hanover

2010-10-13 00:00

WITH no National First Division fixtures taking place this weekend, the focus has switched to team selection and a player being hauled over coals for mis­behaving.

Coastal Stream campaigners, Thanda Royal Zulu read goalkeeper Nascent “Mayoyo” Nkwashu the riot act after the former Mpumalanga Black Aces had arrived at training reeking of alcohol.

Realising that something was amiss with Nkwashu, coach Mlungisi “Professor” Ngubane called him aside. When he realised the player was struggling to stand upright, he immediately ordered him to leave the pitch.

Thanda team manager Peter Kotroulis confirmed the incident and strongly condemned the player’s action.

“Look, we understand being away from home is difficult, and as much as we understand that players have private lives, they must learn to separate their pleasure time and work time.

“We have dealt with the matter and sent out stern warning to the whole team that such misbehaviour will not be tolerated,” said Kotroulis, without divulging the type of action was taken against Nkwashu.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns team manager added that the club is happy that coach Ngubane will have a foreign quartet available for selection next Saturday when they host Hanover Park at Richards Bay Sport Stadium.

They are DR Congo-born goalkeeper Dikete Takumpu, Ivorian defender Kofi Konan, Malawian Peter Odwaba and Congolese left- back Kanika Matondo.

Ngubane said their work permits had not being sorted out on time, and blamed their poor start to the season on their absence.

Thanda will be hoping to build from their Blackburn Rovers win, which was their first in four games, and move up from sixth position where they are positioned with four points.

Meanwhile Limpopo-based Inland Stream side Dynamo have moved quickly to replace their head coach, appointing Johnny Ferreira in the place of embattled Zimbabwean Phillip Mbofana.

Mbofana is facing rape allegations and is currently on bail.

Ferreira was surprisingly shown the door by Dynamos cross-town rivals Black Leopards after just four training sessions.

Ferreira, who led Witbank Black Aces to a Bobsave Superbowl triumph over fancied Kaizer Chiefs over a decade ago, had signed a one-year deal with Pat Malabela’s side. He will be on the bench when Dynamos host FC AK next Saturday. The NFD programme resumes next Saturday.

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