Aces hope for end of Khenyeza saga

MPUMALANGA Black Aces are hoping arbitration will finally lay to rest the case involving Mabhuti Khenyeza and the Premier Soccer League.

The hot-tempered striker has been in and out of the soccer disciplinary chambers with no end seemingly in sight. He was earlier banned for 12 months for allegedly spitting at a match official while still with Ajax Cape Town.

Shortly after parting ways with the team from the Mother City, Khenyeza was snapped up by newly promoted AmaZayoni who helped him to appeal against that decision and eventually had the ban overturned. Khenyeza was also slapped with a R25 000 fine. There was a delay when the matter was referred to arbitration because of the absence of a PSL prosecutor in September. The case was later postponed towards the end of this month.

Aces are saying it was unfortunate that the player is going through a painful period at the peak of his career.

''He is trying his best to focus on his game. He wants to play without this dark cloud hanging over his head," said club spokesman Gordon Masondo. ''The club is doing its best to give him all the support he needs and help him to focus on his game. We are not condoning unsporting behaviour, but we are only asking for forgiveness. Besides, the player has apologised profusely."

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