Stars suspend coach Da Gama

2012-03-10 16:25
Owen da Gama (File)
Johannesburg - Platinum Stars have suspended coach Owen da Gama pending an investigations into allegations that he requested money from players in order to be selected.

The allegations surfaced in a Sunday newspaper two weeks ago, and Da Gama is believed to have initiated legal proceedings against the publication.

But in the meantime the club will look into the issue with an independent committee to investigate.

“Platinum Stars would like to announce that following troubling allegations in the media surrounding the head coach, Mr Owen da Gama, the club felt that it has become necessary to conduct a formal investigation into the matter,” the club said in a statement on Friday.

“An independent team will be appointed to look into the issues and will call upon witnesses, including Mr Da Gama himself, to provide information that will assist in making recommendations to the board.

“The club has asked Mr Da Gama to stand aside while these investigations take place so as not to jeopardize the independence thereof.

“The club has appointed their Academy director, Mr Cavin Johnson, and Mr Allan Freeze to coach the team on an interim basis pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Stars’ next fixture is a crucial relegation battle at home to Golden Arrows on Wednesday.

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