KAITANO Tembo’s Richards Bay are still pondering what steps to take against their goalkeeper Salim Magoola, who is alleged to have refused to play in the Carling Knock-out last 16 match against Moroka Swallows at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.
This is because of his religious beliefs and he could not wear an alcohol-branded shirt.
Bay were forced to use reserve goalie Philasande Manqele, who made his debut in that match, which they won 2-1, courtesy of goals from Abel Mabaso and Yanele Muthumba, to progress to the next round.
Bay general manager James Dlamini said they have not sat down to discuss the matter.
“You can call me tomorrow [today], I will have an answer on what we are going to do,” Dlamini told Sowetan.
“We’ve not discussed anything for now. I would be lying if I tell you what steps we are going to take.”
Magoola was not the only player who refused to wear the alcohol-branded jersey during the last 16 matches. Mamelodi Sundowns players — Reyaad Pieterse and defender Abdelmounaim Boutuil — didn’t have it during their match against TS Galaxy on Wednesday. Cape Town Spurs defender Nazeer Allie was also wearing his shirt without the sponsor’s logo in their match against Orlando Pirates on Friday.
Kaitano was full of praise for Manqele, who impressed on his debut and said he has raised his hand now to be selected in the upcoming matches.
“I work with him on a daily basis. I see his work ethic and he is a young man with hunger and desire,” Kaitano said.
“You just don’t throw him there without really knowing what is capable of doing.
“I thought he deserved the opportunity and if he keeps on working hard, I think he will be one of the best goalkeepers in the country. He is calm, he makes good decisions and his handling is very good. His positioning was also very good, his distribution as well.
“I think credit should go to goalkeepers who were working with him and who also scouted him. If he stays humble I think he will make a career out of it.” — Sowetan.