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Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

It never rains but it pours for wayward soccer star and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Mbulelo "OJ" Mabizela.

He was arrested on Friday afternoon for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mabizela, 25, was nabbed at a road traffic inspectorate roadblock on Alan Paton Avenue in Pietermaritzburg.

Police said that when Mabizela was stopped he was found to be four times over the legal alcohol limit.

A breathalyser test revealed that Mabizela was high on 1,08, whereas the legal limit for drivers is just 0,24.

Police spokesman Inspector Joey Jeevan confirmed that the former Bafana Bafana captain had been arrested.

"Yes, Mabizela was arrested for drunken driving. But he was later released and is expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg magistrate's court today," Jeevan said.

He said Mabizela had had four passengers with him in his black Chrysler.

She also said Mabizela might be charged with driving an unregistered vehicle, since his vehicle's temporary number plates had expired in October.

Arguably the most talented defensive player in South Africa, Mabizela's problems have stifled his career.

He captained Orlando Pirates to the league title in 2003. In June that year Mabizela became the youngest captain of the national team and a month later he joined English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur.

But rumours of off-the-field drinking began to surface.

Reports of his arriving for training sessions drunk were splashed in the British media.

A year later Mabizela was stripped of the Bafana captaincy after turning up late for camp.

Three years ago he signed with Sundowns but was later found guilty of using dagga and banned for six months last year.

This year Mabizela and Shere Lekgothoane were charged by the PSL with misconduct for assault and unsportsmanlike behaviour after an incident during an MTN8 match against SuperSport United on September 23.

Lekgothoane's horrific flying tackle on Anthony Laffor, who was taken to hospital with suspected fractured ribs, sparked an ugly fracas between SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns players.

Mabizela was also accused of punching United striker Glen Salmon.

Also in September, it was reported that he crashed his car while under the influence after his team lost to Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN finals in Durban.

He went AWOL, missing his Bafana call-up.

Mamelodi Sundown's spokesman Mahlatse Mphahlele said they had no knowledge of Mabizela's latest arrest, except what he was asked by journalists.

"As a club we are still trying to establish what exactly happened," Mahlatse said.

"But we don't want to entertain any speculation until we hear something official from either him or the police."


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