Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane - in a veiled swipe at Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson and Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza - has hinted at underhand tactics at the timing of a charge against the club by the PSL.
Sundowns were on Monday charged and face a possible points deduction for fielding an ineligible player, Wayne Arendse in an Absa Premiership clash against Bidvest Wits.
"Mamelodi Sundowns have been charged with contravening Rule 16.3.2 of the NSL Handbook after they allegedly fielded an ineligible player, Wayne Arendse, against Bidvest Wits during their Absa Premiership fixture on October 7, 2018," the PSL said.
The 58-year-old has now hit back by questioning the timing of the charges while hinting at an attempt to derail his side's Absa Premiership title ambitions.
"Here we go again," Mosimane said as quoted by KickOff. "Before the AmaZulu game, Friday night at 10pm, I was still at the league and also I had my DC [hearing].
There was also a case of something that happened when Percy Tau was still playing football for Mamelodi Sundowns. Eric Tinkler was still coach of SuperSport United.
"I don't know what I said. I am not saying I should have said that or not, but why should it be before the AmaZulu game? The timing hey, it's another story.
"Why the story now that we might be docked points just before the Black Leopards game? Where has everybody been? Last season? Are we that busy? What's happening? I don't know.
"I spent two years not going there. I have been a good boy for some time and now I have been brought back."
In the referenced fixture, a 1-1 draw between the two sides at the Lucas Moripe Stadium Arendse was not included in the original match-day squad but later was drafted into the starting line-up after a late injury.