- Baroka FC CEO Morgan Mammila has confirmed that the club will punish its goalkeeper Ayanda Dlamini for trying to punch a ball boy in a recent match
- Dlamini tried to hit a ball boy during a match against Polokwane City over the weekend after the youngster did not return a ball to Dlamini in time for a quick restart
- The goalkeeper took out his frustration on the ball boy by throwing the ball back at the youngster, he earned a yellow card for his action and will be fined by the team
Baroka FC CEO Morgan Mammila has confirmed that the club will punish its goalkeeper Ayanda Dlamini after a shameful incident in which he tried to punch a ball boy in a match against Polokwane City over the weekend.
Dlamini tried to hit a ball boy during the match after the youngster failed to return a ball to Dlamini in time for a quick restart. The goalkeeper took his frustration out on the youngster by throwing the ball at him, he earned a yellow card for his shameful behaviour.
Mammila said Dlamini’s actions were shameful and not at all representative of what Baroka stood for and lacked any kind of professional courtesy. He added that Dlamini would be fined for his behaviour and could face other consequences.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Dlamini apologised to the ball boy and his teammates after the match which Baroka lost 2-0.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Mammila said he was present for the apology but said it would not be enough and said the club had to act to stamp out unprofessional behaviour.
Mamilla said the club had no choice but to take action against Dlamini and could not simply let the incident slide. He added that this would serve as a warning to other players that when they wore the Baroka jersey they represented a larger entity than themselves.
Baroka has a history of taking severe action against players and staff who bend or break the rules. The club fired its captain Olaleng Shaku, head coach Kgoloko Thobejane and Puskas Award nominee Oscarine Masuluke after allegations emerged that the trio had engaged in a drinking spree while still on the team bus.
Dlamini issued a public apology to the ball boy and his family for the incident and said it was something which he would make sure would never happen again during his playing career.
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