Nedbank Cup champions Mamelodi Sundowns’ president Patrice Motsepe has issued an apology on behalf of the club for the Tebogo Langerman saga.
Motsepe’s apology comes in the wake of Langerman making the match day squad in the Nedbank Cup final against Bloemfontein Celtic, despite being suspended. Motsepe says those responsible could be dismissed, pending internal disciplinary hearing.
Sundowns released an official statement on its website, which read:
The President of Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Patrice Motsepe today issued an apology on the Tebogo Langerman – Nedbank Cup final incident.
Dr Patrice Motsepe said:
“I would like to apologise to all the supporters and members of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family, as well as the organisations that are involved in football and all the people who love and follow football in South Africa and on the rest of the African Continent; for Tebogo Langerman being listed as a substitute during the recent Nedbank Cup final, contrary to the rules of the PSL and SAFA.
In my capacity as President of Mamelodi Sundowns I am responsible and accountable for everything that happens at Mamelodi Sundowns; whether I knew or did not know or was not aware or involved in the matter.
Our preliminary investigation indicates that the Management and Technical Team were grossly negligent and this behaviour and conduct is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
A formal disciplinary hearing will be held as soon as possible and the appropriate action, including dismissal where the circumstances legally justify, will be implemented.
We are a caring, loving and forgiving organisation but we also have a duty to protect the reputation, integrity and good name of Mamelodi Sundowns.
We have to make sure that this kind of grossly negligent and reckless behaviour does not happen again.”
Mamelodi Sundowns will issue an update and report back on this matter in due course.