- Dumisani Zuma was suspended twice by Kaizer Chiefs before he was eventually fired by the Amakhosi
- Numerous players were suspended by their clubs this season while others were banned from playing for their teams
- The DStv Premiership season saw many coaches fired and numerous players also get into their club's bad books
The 2021/22 DStv Premiership season saw many coaches lose their jobs, and many players also found themselves in hot water.
There six footballers were either suspended by their clubs or frozen out of their squads for a variety of reasons.
The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder landed himself in hot water more than once with The Glamour Boys. Zuma was suspended twice by the side, the first time for driving under the influence of alcohol, IOL reported. The second suspension was a result of disciplinary issues, with the player believed to have been involved in an altercation with Arthur Zwane.
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The story made headlines as Zuma’s agent, Basia Michaels, said they found out about the suspension through the media. Zuma requested his release from the club and later the Amakhosi pulled the plug on his career at the Sowetan giants.
The former Orlando Pirates and Sekhukhune United player is another footballer who has bags of talent, but who ruined it through off-field antics. Shonga was previously suspended by Orlando Pirates because of breaching Covid-19 regulations. He then moved to Egypt where he only made four appearances for Ismaily SC before he and the club parted ways. Shonga was snapped up by
Sekhukhune United in the latter half of this season but soon frustrated management with his antics. Shonga was reported to have shown up to training drunk on more than one occasion. The club released him at the end of the season.
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The SuperSport United player was also suspended by the club but for much more serious offences than anyone else on this list. Mahachi was suspended after his ex-wife claimed he scalded his 4-year-old son with boiling hot water. The injuries were so severe that the child had to have a limb amputated as a result. Mahachi has yet to appear before the court on the charges. The club suspended him following the serious allegations and also opted not to renew his contract with the side.
The new Mamelodi Sundowns player was suspended by his former club, SuperSport United. The Matsatsantsa midfielder received numerous fines and warnings during the season and only made one appearance for the club in 2022.
Mbule also wanted out of the club in the January transfer window, a move that got him in further trouble with the Pretoria-based side. Mbule was suspended due to ‘disciplinary issues’ but will get a fresh start at Sundowns next season.
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Frank Hellings “Gabadinho” Mhango
The Malawian striker made headlines at AFCON 2021 with his impressive performance for the national side. Many expected him to translate that same form into goals for Pirates after the tournament, but Gaba wasn’t given the chance.
Mhango wasn’t suspended by the side but effectively frozen out of the squad. Former co-coach, Fadlu Davids, hinted at disciplinary issues as a reason why Mhango was not selected for the Buccaneers, KickOff reported. Mhango wasn’t released by the club but was sent to AmaZulu as part of a swap deal which will see Tapelo Xoki go the other way.
Much like Mhango, the former AmaZulu man wasn’t suspended by his club but was just denied game time. Sithebe angered the club’s owner, Sandile Zungu, when he agreed to a pre-contract with Kaizer Chiefs in January. Zungu promised that Sithebe would never wear the Usuthu kit again as a result. Former manager Benni McCarthy also tried to get Sithebe back into the squad but was disallowed from doing so by Zungu.
Dumisani Zuma shown the door by Kaizer Chiefs after disciplinary issues proved too much for the club
Dumisani Zuma's controversial stay at Kaizer Chiefs has come to a somewhat unsurprising end. The club announced earlier today that it had decided to part ways with the 27-year-old midfielder having placed him on suspension with a year still left on his contract.
The past season had proved rather difficult for him at Naturena. EWN reported that in late 2021, Zuma was suspended after he was reportedly found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Then at the end of April, it turned out that he was suspended a second time after a falling out with coach Arthur Zwane, as per Soccer Laduma.
Siyethemba Sithebe's Kaizer Chiefs adventure approaches after many months of inactivity at AmaZulu FC
Siyethemba Sithebe will finally make a return to competitive action when he signs for Kaizer Chiefs. The AmaZulu midfielder has not played for the club since agreeing to join the Amakhosi in January.
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The player was in the last six months of his contract with Usuthu and agreed on a deal with Chiefs to join the Soweto side when his contract ended in June.
The manner in which the deal was conducted upset AmaZulu owner, Sandile Zungu, who banned the player from ever playing for the club again. Zungu has now confirmed that Sithebe will be leaving imminently, IOL reported.