Mpumalanga Black Aces parted ways with Mark Mayambela and Mkhanyiseli Siwahla yesterday after they allegedly arrived at training “under the influence of alcohol”.
The following is the statement that was published on their Facebook Page.
1. Both players came with a bad boy image, but we told them at the onset not to even consider here past bad records, otherwise they would be terminated.
2. Both players were an integral part of the squad and we were extremely proud of them.
3. The blood test were ordered by the team manager and all management & directors & technical team were aware.
4. Both players refused.
5. The players were suspended and ordered to a properDC - procedurally all done correct (incl players legal representation.
6. We use the term 'allegedly' as both players were innocent until proved guilty (emanating from the DC)
7.The 'possible' outcome of the DC could of been a warning, fine or termination NOTE the DC was never held!
8. Both players wanted to negotiate an exit and did NOT want to appear before the DC.
8. Aces agreed to immediately release them from their contracts & offered them their clearances.
9. Aces did discuss their individual fall-outs & damage to their careers and were concerned at this. We informed them that we would not publish a statement. This all happened yesterday but the story leaked and build during the day.
10. In the interest of good governance we had to act quickly & professionally and decided to reveal the truth.
11. Aces want a squad of professional players and simply could not tolerate this situation.
12. Both players have a group of friends who they should blame!!! Virtually everyday they would sit in the car park and drink waiting for their heroes!
This situation is very unfortunate and it damages the image of the club as well as affects team cohesiveness.
Both players are extremely skillful and we are truly sad that we have lost their skills. We punted Mayamela and really hoped he would come to training full of confidence and fight for his place - and we knew an on-form committed Mayambela could still have Bafana aspirations!
We really hope and pray that both players take stock and clean up their act before it's too late.
Get clean, work harder than you ever have, turn over a new leaf - and change your habits!
We honestly wish them well and truly hope that this setback will be their 'rubicon' catalyst to improve their lives.