“I had to fight my way up from the rural playing fields and I couldn’t do it without respecting the professional aspects of the institution of football.”
These are the words uttered by AmaZulu FC’s caretaker coach and former player, Ayanda Dlamini after an upcoming footballer, Msizi Msaxa Mthembu took to social media – Facebook, claiming that the ‘Usuthu’ coach wanted to turn him into an age cheat in order to join the AmaZulu’s academy system.
Dlamini says he is taken aback by the claims made by Mthembu and club members would never encourage players to cheat and advises parents to be vigilant.
“Yet this guy [Msaxa] seems to have made up a bold lie that is really against what AmaZulu and I personally stand for,” he added.
AmaZulu in a statement stated that they would like to make it known that they do not support or condone age cheating and doctored birth certificates.
“Internal investigations conducted by the club show that Dlamini’s inbox records from Facebook, compared to that of Mthembu’s, do not correlate,” reads the KwaZulu-Natal club statement.
“The club further warns younger football players never to fall for the trap of age cheating, nor does it take any money in exchange for trials.
“Thorough due diligence is followed to ensure our youth structures get players who will go on to represent the club with pride at senior level one day,” concluded AmaZulu FC.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi