Chippa United coach Sikhakhane denies any wrong-doing

2015-12-23 06:00
PHOTO: backpage pix RogerSkhakhane

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SUSPENDED Chippa United coach Roger Sikhakhane has dismissed allegations that he reported for duty smelling of alcohol.

The Chilli Boys have placed Sikhakhane on special leave, pending a disciplinary hearing related to charges of reporting to work smelling of alcohol during the Nelson Mandela Commemoration Cup against Mthatha Bucks, which was played at Umthatha Stadium two weeks ago.

Speaking in an interview with Sikhakhane­ dismissed the allegations against him, saying it was just a plot to get rid of him.

“This not true. It doesn’t make sense to me - it’s just a lie,” Sikhakhane says of the allegations that he had smelt of alcohol during Sunday’s game.

“I thought this was just a minor issue with the manager relating to the issue of the pre-match meal and the line-up which was handed to me before the game. The charges are not only about smelling of alcohol, but also arriving late for the game and fighting with the team manager,” he continued. “The chairman was with me at the stadium and would have talked to me [about it] if I was smelling of alcohol.

“This is a just a plot to get rid of me. I am a professional coach, I respect my job, and such allegations are meant to tarnish my name and that of my family. I am not going to leave Chippa United.

“Lukhanyo Mzinzi [Chippa Chief Operating Officer] must concentrate on his job in the office and I will concentrate­ on my job on the field of play. No one is going to push me away, he should have been man enough to speak to me if in that position,” Sikhakhane added.

Sikhakhane has been advised to respond to the email sent to him regarding his suspension before the club set a date for his disciplinary hearing.


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