Hungry Lions Plead Innocence After Jomo Cosmos Launch Appeal With Premier Soccer League to Avoid Relegation
- Hungry Lions will appear before the Premier Soccer League’s Disciplinary Committee on Monday to plead their case
- GladAfrica Championship side Hungry Lions have been charged with fielding an ineligible player in Tshepo Mohlala
- Jomo Cosmos approached the Premier Soccer League to protest against Hungry Lion's use of Tshepo Mohlala
It’s a nervy wait for Hungry Lions as they prepare to face the Premier Soccer League’s Disciplinary Committee at the end of the month.
The GladAfrica Championship side are charged with fielding an ineligible player in Tshepo Mohlala during the past season.
iDiski Times reported that Cosmos had brought the matter to the PSL’s attention.
Mohlala is a former Cosmos academy player and is said to not have received his clearance from the club, therefore making him ineligible to play for any other side.
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Sono confirmed neither Cosmos nor the South African Football Association had given the player clearance before he joined Kaizer Chiefs’ reserve team.
Ezenkosi finished eight points behind Hungry Lions and could avoid relegation if Hungry Lions were found guilty and had points docked from them. The club has maintained their innocence, though.
Head coach Hendry Basie acknowledged that they received the charge sheet but insisted that they did nothing wrong, Sowetan LIVE reported.
"We've done nothing wrong. I can't tell you what we have done wrong. He was a Cosmos player in his early stages. This is a Kaizer Chiefs player, we got the player from Chiefs via a loan. He's still a Chiefs player, so we don't know.
He added that their attorneys would act on their behalf now. The side will appear before the Disciplinary Committee on Monday.
Mohlala is also charged with playing despite allegedly being ineligible.
Jomos Cosmos have been given a GladAfrica Championship lifeline as Hungry Lions are hauled before the disciplinary committee
It’s not all doom and gloom for Jomo Cosmos fans.
Cosmos were relegated to the ABC Motsepe League this past season when they finished second from the bottom of the GladAfrica Championship log with 28 points.
Cosmos were relegated from the DStv Premiership in 2016 and never made it back to the top tier of South African football. They have been playing in the GladAfrica Championship ever since, until their relegation last season.
Jomo Cosmos are relegated to the ABC Motsepe League, Ezenkosi will play in the amateur leagues after 39 years at the top
It’s the end of an era in South African football as Jomo Cosmos was officially relegated from the professional football leagues.
As reported by Sports Brief, Ezenkosi have been competing in the professional leagues for 39 years and are one the staples of the South African soccer scene.
The club was relegated to the GladAfrica Championship from the DStv Premiership at the end of the 2015/16 season and has been there ever since. Fans hoped they would return to the DStv Premiership, but the club dwindled.