Club boss threatens to stop Nedbank Cup in court

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BTM Sports Chairman Freddy Mapulane has threatened to take the Premier Soccer League to the court of law, if they continue to ‘ignore’ his request for a pending case involving his club, Bloemfontein Celtic and player, Aviwe Nyamende.

BTM Sports is the ABC Motsepe league Club, formerly known as Witbank Spurs, where Nyamende used to play before he joined Celtic at the beginning of the season.

The club claims their former defender, was not properly registered by Siwelele, as he was never issued with a clearance by the Mpumalanga based side.

Nyamende played two matches for Celtic this season, both in the Nedbank Cup as well as the Absa Premiership.

Mapulane tells FARPost, he lodged a complaint with the PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) but says they have been dilly-dallying and is left with no choice but to approach the courts to stop the Nedbank Cup matches.

“Because of the lockdown we couldn’t go to court (DRC) so they said they would give us a new date after the lockdown, of which we have not received a date and apparently next week things will be happening,” he told FARPost.

“Our position now is that we have given the League enough time to respond, even yesterday I sent (Nande) Becker an email to check, he said I must resend the documents and I have done that, he has never come back to me but yes we have a case that is pending with them.

“To our surprise the League has not said anything since March so for us we don’t want to go the court route but our legal department has already prepared the documents to stop the Celtic game next week. We will go to court if the League doesn’t act. It can’t be business as usual as if nothing has happened you see. If nothing happens (with the PSL), Friday we will be submitting the court order to stop the Nedbank matches, so the court order will guide us,” he added.

But PSL prosecutor Nande Becker rubbished the claims, instead said Mapulane is the one who is in trouble with the League.

“At present there is “no case” pending against Mr N. Aviwe. Witbank Spurs FC did not lodge an official Complaint as dealt with in terms of Rule 52 of the PSL Handbook. Further, the club has not followed the procedures set out in Rule 45.4 of the PSL Handbook to refer any issues which they have against Mr Aviwe to our DRC. The only current investigation is now against the club and Mr Mapulane for bringing the League into disrepute,” Becker was responding to questions from FARPost.

Bloemfontein Celtic CEO Khumbulani Konco declined to comment and told this publication that the matter has nothing to do with them.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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