JOHANNESBURG. — Kaizer Chiefs have acted swiftly in the matter relating to football manager Bobby Motaung, who made headlines after videos surfaced of him allegedly breaking lockdown protocols.
The club have announced that Motaung, who is son of club chairman Kaizer Motaung Senior, has been suspended with immediate effect pending further investigation.
“As part of our policies and continuous process of monitoring the public conduct of our members, players, and staff, Kaizer Chiefs has decided to summarily suspend Football Manager Bobby Motaung,” read a statement from Amakhosi. “This is a result of a number of videos circulating on social media wherein the Football Manager is seen taking part in festivities during what looks like the lockdown period. The club has been involved in the internal processes of investigating his conduct, which led to the decision to suspend him.
“With the Covid-19 pandemic, our processes have been intensified and stringent measures have been put in place to ensure the club and its members play a role in the curbing of the spread of the virus and flattening the curve. Subsequently, the club would like to confirm that Bobby Motaung is suspended with immediate effect up to and including August 31 ,2020. He is not allowed to accompany the team to any training session or scheduled matches.
“Even though he has tested negative on three occasions for Covid-19 during the club’s mandatory tests, he is ordered to remain home and self-quarantine during this time.
“This is in line with the rules and regulations of the club according to the protocols that we have put in place.
“The club reaffirms its stance to all stakeholders of our commitment to play an exemplary role to assist in the fight against the spread of the pandemic.”
Bobby was instrumental in the signing of Zimbabwe international forward, Khama Billiat, on a free-transfer.
Billiat ran out his contract at Mamelodi Sundowns and then signed a long-term deal with the Amakhosi where he is the highest-paid player in Supa Diski.
Bobby flew to Harare, for talks with Billiat’s parents, to provide them with the assurance the footballer’s interests would be best served at Chiefs.
Another Zimbabwean, Willard Katsande, has been captaining the Amakhosi this season where they are chasing the league title.
Meanwhile, the South African PSL have announced they will be utilising the five substitution rule upon the resumption of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship campaigns.
Football is set to return this weekend, beginning with the Nedbank Cup semi-finals on Saturday before the two premier and first division league campaigns follow.
Bloemfontein Celtic will first host Baroka FC at Orlando Stadium on Saturday at 14h00, before Mamelodi Sundowns take on Bidvest Wits at 19h15 at the same venue.
In order to assist with the crammed schedule, which is due to be wrapped up by the first week of September, the PSL have confirmed they will adopt the five substitutes rule, which FIFA proposed as an aid to completing the respective football leagues around the world.
“The League can also confirm that there will be five substitutes allowed in a match for the remainder of the 2019/20 season,” read a statement from the PSL on Tuesday.
Nine (9) substitutes can be named (not 7) in the team list.
Five substitutions are allowed per Club during the game.
Clubs will get three substitution opportunities during the game (plus half time, which isn’t counted as one of the three)
If both teams make substitutions at the same time, this counts as a used “opportunity” for both teams
In a cup game, unused substitutions and opportunities are carried into extra time
Teams will get an additional substitute and an additional substitution opportunity in extra time, taking the total of subs to 6 and opportunities to 4
Substitutions made before extra time and during half time of extra time don’t count as a lost opportunity — KickOff.com.