Jomo Cosmos yesterday "demoted" their mercurial winger, Anthony Laffor, to train with the academy side following his signing of a pre-contract with Absa Premiership side SuperSport United on Wednesday.
Club boss and coach, Jomo Sono, slapped the Liberian international with a letter to this effect after Matsatsantsa a Pitori's director of football, Stanley Matthews, announced their acquisition of the player yesterday.
Matthews was quoted as saying: "He has signed a four-year deal with us and we are excited because he showed some confidence in us.
"He had other options but we are happy to scoop one of the Cosmos stars."
Laffor's contract with Ezenkosi ends in June.
The player, known as "Sika lekhekhe" in soccer circles, trained with Cosmos this week without telling anyone about his impending move. He also posed for photographs with the rest of the team at the 25th anniversary celebrations at Turffontein Racecourse on Tuesday.
Sono yesterday served the player with a letter that states: "We have been very disappointed with your performance since the beginning of the 2007-08 season. Your mind appears to have been elsewhere and your commitment to Jomo Cosmos is not the way it is supposed to be in terms of your contract.
"You are hereby requested to train with the Under-19 team until your contract expires.
"You will report directly to Ronnie Moroka (Under-19 coach).
"You will be doing some social responsibilities, as is in your contract. Should you not adhere to this request you will be in breach of your contract and liable for suspension without pay."
Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, Sono said Laffor's performance had left much to be desired lately.
"He would literally be standing during a game. His negative behaviour didn't start now. It is now clear he had been used to take the team down and is partly to blame for our being in the relegation zone," said a fuming Sono.