Kadodia explains Dikulu's suspension
Posted: 18 February 2010 Time: 11:12 am
Maritzburg United chairman Farouk Kadodia says the decision to suspended defender Bageta Dikilu pending an investigation is based on "suspicion of match fixing".
Confirming this to KickOff.com yesterday, Kadodia said: "Bageta has been suspended until we finish a comprehensive investigation to see if the player is in the clear.
"It is still too early for us to make a final decision - we need the process to continue until it is finalised in the next two or three days."
Kadodia adds that the "process" included a polygraph test.
"The whole team is aware of Bageta's tactical indiscipline that he showed against Aces and that it is not even about the missed penalty, but more the issue surrounding the role he played in allowing the Aces goal."
Kadodia said Dikilu had "vacated his position", allowing Mpho Maleka space to score a 51st-minute winner. Soon afterwards, in the 54th minute, coach Ernst Middendorp pulled the central defender off.
Middendorp was reportedly livid at the performance of the veteran Congolese international and has indicated he will find it hard to field Dikilu again this season.
"Bageta had shown poor tactical discipline for the entire first 20 minutes," Kadodia said.
"With the way he did things — our current coach is quite tough with his players compared to the previous coach [Gordon Igesund] and pulled the player off. And after Bageta went off Aces never won another one-on-one situation again in the game."
Black Aces chairman Mario Marfou has already told KickOff.com that they have asked the League to investigate the unsubstantiated claims being made.
Marfou added that instead of voicing discrediting innuendos in the Press, people should take their complaint with the League.
The South African Football Players Union has also voiced their concern about the allegations being leveled against Bageta.
"It is very unprofessional of Maritzburg United and especially Afzal Khan to claim that their captain has taken a bribe so that his team can lose a game," the union said in a statement released.
"Khan should be the last person to speak bad about players considering that he was involved in the Jose Torrealba case at Mamelodi Sundowns and was subsequently dismissed.
"The union is not going to allow individuals like Khan to maliciously damage the excellent work the players are doing by coming up with unfounded allegations.
"Many players have missed penalties even in the Word Cup Finals but they have never been accused of taking bribes and we wonder why Maritzburg United are targeting Bageta?," the statement adds.