Kadodia reveals to KickOff.com the player missed “five days of training” recently in between matches, but the matter had been swept under the carpet until the revelations this morning.
Schalkwyk arrived in Durban in January on a loan deal from Bucs and Kadodia confesses he didn’t do background research on the player before snapping him up to bolster his side.
“When I did my follow-up in football circles, I found out that apparently he did something similar at Celtic. People didn’t talk about it at the time and if I had known about it beforehand I would not have done this deal… I didn’t know.
“It is sad for football because these players are highly paid. How can a player earn such a high salary and decide to go on ‘holiday’?” Kadodia says.
Kadodia confirms Schalkwyk has already appeared before the club’s disciplinary committee. “He attended the DC and he was reprimanded, so now he is back at training. The club will monitor his behaviour,” he adds.
KickOff.com contacted Schalkwyk, but his phone rang unanswered.
The 28-year-old is no stranger to controversy. Late last year he reportedly went on a walkabout for two weeks and threatened to hang up his boots owing to the frustration of lack of game-time at Pirates.
Another former Pirates star, Benedict Vilakazi, was on Monday dismissed by Mpumalanga Black Aces for a similar transgression.