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Madubanya: Thobejane is a father figure

Posted: 17 February 2018 Time: 13:15

Baroka FC stand-in coach MacDonald Makhubedu will be tested again when Bakgaga take on Chippa United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium this afternoon.

Makhubedu has been appointed the interim coach after Kgoloko Thobejane was suspended last week for undisclosed reasons.  He is alleged to have been under the influence of alcholol while on duty, but he has since denied this.

The former Ancornbush United coach won his first match in charge of Bakgaga when they beat Platinum Stars 1-0 in the Nedbank Cup last 32 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

Baroka midfielder Letladi Madubanya has expressed his disappointment at the suspension of Thobejane, but hailed the club’s decision to appoint Makhubedu as caretaker coach.

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"We are disappointed, especially because such news come during this time of season,” the former SuperSport United midfielder tells KickOff.com.

"He was a father figure to us. We hope when he comes back he will do the right things for himself, his family and the team.”

Madubanya adds: "He [Makhubedu] has been with us for a while. He knows what is working  at the moment, as we have been together for some time. He is a great coach.”

Baroka FC CEO Morgan Mamilla, meanwhile, says they have not set the date for Thobejane’s hearing.

"We just came from a game against Platinum Stars and we are playing again on the weekend. Hopefully the club will sit down on Monday and discuss the matter,” said Mamilla.

Baroka will go into their game against Chippa in eighth place and will be hoping to get maximum points to ensure they stay there.

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Article by: Tshepang Mailwane

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