Baloyi, Motsepe part on a sour note

2012-06-16 17:46

Brian Baloyi’s eight-year love affair with Mamelodi Sundowns ended abruptly this week.

Baloyi was apparently hauled before a disciplinary hearing for misconduct stemming from incompetency and leaking sensitive information to his agent, Glyn Binkin.

It is alleged that the former star goalkeeper, who replaced ex-beauty queen Joan Ramagoshi as the club’s marketing manager, alerted Binkin to Sundowns’ interest in star defender Morgan Gould, who has since signed with Kaizer Chiefs.

This apparently infuriated club president Patrice Motsepe.

Another club insider said they were taken aback when Motsepe lashed out at Baloyi at a recent staff meeting.

“The meeting became very tense as the president took a swipe at Brian in front of everyone,” said the source.

“Brian was Patrice’s blue-eyed boy and he (Motsepe) must have been seriously pissed off.”

As for the allegations of incompetency, the source claimed: “At times it seemed like Brian didn’t take his work seriously. He would come to work late and leave early.”

On Friday, Baloyi refuted the allegations, insisting he had resigned.

“I won’t comment on unfounded allegations. They are not true. I resigned. I was not fired. I’ve been in football business for 20 years and I know these things.

“My integrity is intact. I will take the punch and this too shall pass. I’m bigger and stronger than that,” he ranted.

Binkin leaped to Baloyi’s defence, saying he was being used as a “scapegoat”.

“Morgan alerted me, not Brian. Sundowns were indecisive on Morgan.

Chiefs were very professional, they gave me an offer while Sundowns were trying to go behind my back.”

–Additional reporting by Timothy Molobi

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