Academy hits out at coach

Richard Nkosi

Richard Nkosi

Mpumalanga Academy of Sport (MSA) is angry with David "Going Up" Nyathi after the former Bafana Bafana left-back allegedly dumped the academy without notifying them.

Nyathi, who left the academy last month to take a post at Ajax Cape Town as reserve team coach, was entrusted with developing talent for the academy in the Ehlanzeni region of Mpumalanga.

Boy Sikhosana, MSA chief executive, said they never expected someone of Nyathi's calibre to be unprofessional.

"We started to experience problems with him [Nyathi] from the time we employed him in 2006," said Sikhosana.

"He refused to sign a contract but we continued to pay him his full salary. For the months he worked for the academy we never received a single progress report from him. He was always coming with excuses."

Sikhosana said though they understand that they did not have a contract with Nyathi, they feel at least he should have told them he was leaving so they could replace him.

"We only knew that he was in Cape Town when we were phoned by a certain bank manager last month informing us that he was harassing them demanding his money be deposited by the academy. At that time we had stopped his payment," claimed Sikhosana.

He said they will soon advertise the post vacated by Nyathi.

Thabiso "Shooz" Mekuto, Ajax spokesman, said Nyathi didn't inform them he was attached elsewhere when they employed him.

"I can confirm that Nyathi is our reserve team coach and he has no contract with us. Actually, he can work as long he is available," said Mekuto.

But Nyathi said he didn't just wake up one day and decide to leave the academy.

He said the academy failed to honour its obligations.

"It's true that I refused to sign a contract. I told them that I will sign the contract once they furnished me with transportation, office resources and accommodation, which was part of the contract," he said.

"All the months I worked there they didn't fulfill it [their obligations] and how did they expect me to work?

"I even took the matter to the then MEC for culture, sports and recreation Nomsa Mtsweni and the premier's office, but it all ended in vein. All this prompted me to look elsewhere."

Mtsweni said they met with Nyathi and promised to assist him on certain conditions, which she said he failed to meet.

Mtsweni said though there was no car attached to Nyathi's position, they offered him a state vehicle but were surprised when he allegedly turned it down.

"Later we heard that he was residing in Cape Town and there was no way we would assist him since he was employed to serve in Mpumalanga."