D-Day for Mohapi
Bantu to decide midfielder’s fate today
Bantu’s disciplinary committee is today set to decide the fate of midfielder Thabiso ‘Mathopa’ Mohapi.
The former national team playmaker was suspended in April for the remainder of the season after going AWOL on the eve of Bantu’s crunch league match against eventual title-winners Lioli. Bantu won the match 3-1 without Mohapi and the midfielder went on to miss the team’s training sessions the following week, leading to his suspension.
At the end of the season, Bantu transfer-listed Mohapi alongside Katleho Moleko, Tsoloane Mosakeng, Isaiah Mosala, Dulang Nthotsela, Thato Mabitle, Ossala Sorrel, Tšoeu Mosollo and Keketso Lichaba.
But the team’s new coaches have since asked to first have a look at Mohapi, Moleko and Tsoloane before making a decision on whether or not they should be allowed to join other teams.
However, according to club president John Leuta, the midfielder would have to face a disciplinary hearing first before the coaches decide if he should be allowed to stay. That hearing, Leuta added, is set for today in Mafeteng, where Bantu are based.
“Mathopa is still contracted to us and we are looking into his suspension this weekend. There will be a disciplinary hearing on Sunday and it is only after this process that he will know his fate,” Leuta said.
“But you must be aware that he is no longer transfer-listed alongside Tšoloane and Katleho as our new coaches asked to be given time to assess them first before a final decision on their future is made.
“As for Mohapi, he still has two years on his contract. We placed him on transfer because of his off-field behavior which was not good at all. But then again, the committee working on the issue will be the one to decide his fate while the coaches will also have their say. All these processes will be used to determine his future with us.”