Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs veteran midfielder Josta Dladla is likely to plead
guilty for the use of the banned stimulant, methylhexaneamine.
The 34-year-old was charged by the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) in January after testing positive
following the Soweto derby in October last year.Dladla could face a maximum ban of up two
years if he is found negligent in his use of methylhexaneamine.
However, SAIDS Chief Executive Officer, Khalid Galant, confirmed to the Soccer Laduma website that Dladla's likely guilty plea could potentially help him get a reduced sentence.
Galant said, "There will be the hearing in mitigation tonight in Joburg. We believe
it's likely he's going to admit guilt. This will be a part of his plea
bargain for mitigation of sentence. There will be the tribunal in front
of our selected panel. After that there will be a closed hearing upon
which his sentence is decided. The panel may need more time to
deliberate, however, it's likely a decision will be reached later
tonight. His defence team believes he is likely to get a reduced
sentence if he pleads guilty."
Dladla has played six times for Bafana Bafana, having previously
represented Mamelodi Sundowns (2004-2009) and Wits (2001-2002) in the
PSL and Danish club AGF between 2002 and 2004.