Golden Arrows Escape Punishment From Premier Soccer League, Won’t Be Docked Points for Fielding Simo Mbhele
- Golden Arrows will not be docked any points by the Premier Soccer League's Disciplinary Committee
- Golden Arrows were found guilty of fielding Simo Mbhele despite the player not being properly registered
- The Premier Soccer League's Disciplinary Committee found that the club had not been guilty of any dishonest conduct
Golden Arrows have escaped further punishment from the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) Disciplinary Committee over the Simo Mbhele saga.
Golden Arrows were originally found guilty of fielding the player without him being properly registered to play in the PSL.
As Sowetan LIVE reported, Mbhele had previously played in Portugal and therefore did not have international clearance to play in South Africa. Golden Arrows as a result faced the possibility that they would be docked points for the games in which they earned points while fielding Mbhele.
The PSL’s Disciplinary Committee, however, found that "it would be inappropriate to deduct the points and the club were only ordered to pay for the sittings of the committee,” The Citizen reported.
PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu explained that the Disciplinary Committee could not prove that Golden Arrows had committed dishonest conduct.
Golden Arrows signed Simo Mbhele without realising he wasn't properly registered
Mbhele joined the Portuguese side, 1º Dezembro from the KZN Football Academy. When he returned to South Africa, he did not have an international clearance but was allowed to return to play for his former club by the South African Football Association (SAFA). The KZN Football Association then sold him to Golden Arrows, with the DStv Premiership side failing to realise that he had not been properly registered to play in the country.
DStv Premiership: Premier Soccer League prosecutor Zola Majavu says Kaizer Chiefs case may be postponed again
The Premier Soccer League's prosecutor Zola Majavu has updated interested parties about the matter of Kaizer Chiefs not honouring two DStv Premiership fixtures in December, Sports Brief reported.
In short, the matter will be postponed further, with Majavu saying that it would be heard during a sitting the following day. The Amakhosi's playing personnel and coaching staff were laid low by a Covid-19 outbreak within the club, seeing them not pitching up against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows.
Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs marketing director Jessica Motaung was confident that the club would emerge victorious in the case. She was speaking at a media briefing held at Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena.