Modiba returns after serving 9-match suspension

Lesego Modiba of Jomo Cosmos during the Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Jomo Cosmos on 15 March 2016 at FNB Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Goalkeeper Thabo Lesego Modiba is now eligible to participate in official matches for Jomo Cosmos after serving out a suspension of nine matches, which began from the last game of 2015-2016.

Last season, Modiba was embroiled in a transfer wrangle that saw Ezenkosi coughing out a hefty fine after the team was found guilty of not properly registering the player.

Cosmos appeared before the SAFA Disciplinary Committee after the club fielded Modiba during the Absa Premiership win over Kaizer Chiefs.

The 23-year-old shot-stopper was alleged to have been registered with the PSL without an international transfer certificate after he played in Namibia prior to signing for Ezenkosi.

However, records indicated that the club signed Modiba from Limpopo side, Dolphins FC, and did not require an ITC from Namibia.

The matter was then referred for urgent arbitration by the PSL according to Rule 59 of the NSL Rules. This followed the allegation that there was an infringement of the Rules in the registration of Modiba by Jomo Cosmos.

Following the arbitration, Jomo Cosmos and Thabo Modiba were found guilty of misconduct in that they breached the Rules of the League, the Regulations of SAFA and the Regulations of FIFA, and consequently the league slammed the player with a suspension of nine official matches and the club was ordered to pay a fine of R200, 000.

The total of nine official matches Modiba missed include the PSL match against Maritzburg United, and this season’s NFD games versus FC Cape Town, Black Leopards, Milano United, Mthatha Bucks, AmaTuks, AmaZulu, Cape Town All-Stars, and Stellenbosch FC.

In his absence, goalkeeping duties have been shared between Williams Okpara Junior and Clement “Casillas” Ramakgasha.

-Mark Ogagan

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