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Aces shrug off Babale's axing

By unknown | Oct 13, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Richard Nkosi

Richard Nkosi

Mpumalanga Black Aces' coach Innocent "Ayobayo" Mayoyo says the expulsion of his first-choice goalkeeper, Michel Babale, will not derail his plans to win the National First Division Inland Stream league and gain promotion to the Absa Premiership next season.

Babale, who had a scuffle with the team's goalkeeper coach Cyprian "Mahala" Maimane when Aces drew 3-all with FC AK on September 14, was found guilty of bringing the club into disrepute on Wednesday and fired.

Maimane was served with a written warning and will continue to coach Amazayoni keepers.

Ironically, Babale was the player at the centre of the bribery case involving FC AK and Aces last season.

"Up until now, I'm satisfied with the two keepers [Bafana Nhlapho and Nanscent Nkwashu] I have," said Mayoyo, a former goalkeeper himself.

"Looking at the results, it shows that the keepers who are coached by our goalkeeper coach have done pretty well. It shows that they respect him [Maimane] and are listening to his instructions."

Nhlapho made his official debut when Aces beat Black Leopards 1-0 on September 26.

In the two games that Babale was in goals, Aces conceded five goals - the 2-all draw with University of Pretoria and 3-all draw with FC AK.

Peter Koutrolis, Aces' chief executive, said on the club's website: "This should serve as a lesson to other players.

"Aces is run professionally and we want to subscribe to fair play while we create a family atmosphere within the brand at all times."

Aces have announced that Babale has a right to lodge and appeal within seven days of the date of the verdict.

When reached for comment Babele said he was busy.


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