YET another high-profile player at ambitious KZN-based National First Division side, Royal Eagles, is being accused of misconduct.
Former Bafana Bafana captain Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela is set to be hauled before Eagles’ disciplinary committee for alleged misdemeanours.
The highly-rated yet ill-disciplined defender joined Eagles in October last year after AmaZulu, who were relegated to the NFD, did not renew his contract.
At Eagles he has seen little regular action, having arrived nursing an injury. Since coach Khabo Zondo took over from Heric Vadislav in November, he has overlooked the 33-year-old Mabizela.
Reliable sources disclosed to SunSport that not getting regular game time did not go down well with the Pietermaritzburg-born player.
“OJ feels he can contribute better than the guys who are being preferred. He is frustrated to the point that he has resorted to doing things off the field that the club deems unprofessional. At the moment he is not training with the rest of the team.”
Another player with PSL experience and who’s also not seeing game time is former Orlando Pirates winger Khethowakhe Masuku.
Eagles general manager Costa Bellos pleaded ignorance of the pending hearing scheduled for Mabizela and asked to be contacted later but his cellphone was off.
Just last month, former Bafana Bafana striker Katlego “Killer” Mphela was in the news for going AWOL. Mphela had a bust-up with Zondo after he was substituted, but the club has been trying to downplay the incident.
Eagles, who are owned by Durban couple Sbu and Shawn Mpisane, have a chance to gain promotion to the PSL in only their second season in the NFD.
After 21 games, Eagles occupy fifth spot with 38 points, just five points adrift leaders Baroka FC.
Eagles’ next match is away to FC Cape Town at NNK Rugby Stadium on Saturday afternoon.