Comitis says they were on talks with Mabhudi Khenyeza to extend his contract for the next two-years’.
“We were on the verge of concluding the deal when we heard of the suspension from PSL.
How unfortunate because he’s the breadwinner at home and he’s still young,” he told Robert Marawa on Metro FM sport show.
“This means now we have to re-adjust our plans. What a blow to us and the football fans.”
This follows news that PSL has suspended Ajax Cape Town’s Mabhuti Khenyeza for 12 months, and ordered him to pay disciplinary hearings costs, after he was found guilty of gross misconduct.
Khenyeza, 30, was charged with having brought the game into serious disrepute after he swore and spat at match official Zakhele Siwela during Ajax’s clash with Mamelodi Sundowns two months ago.
The Urban Warriors were also charged, but have been acquitted of the charges, but Khenyeza has since been convicted of his offences and is set to spend the entire 2013/14 campaign on the sidelines.
Khenyeza’s suspension comes as a huge blow to Ajax’s plans for the new season, with the Cape club having been in negotiations with the forward over a new two-year deal at Ikamva.
The Premiership’s disciplinary committee have ruled that Khenyeza be suspended from “all football activities under the auspices of the League for a period of 12 months (in terms of Rule 50.14.5 of the Rules of the League), as well as “pay costs of the two sittings of 17th and 23rd May 2013, such costs to include the travel costs of the League’s witnesses only for 23rd May 2013”.
In a official statement released by the footballing body on Wednesday, PSL prosecutor Nandé Becker said: “We welcome the sentence which is commensurate with the seriousness of the offences with which the player was charged with.
“I hope that the finding and sentence will send a strong message to all football players. Football players should be role models to their supporters, especially when matches are televised internationally.
“We believe that there is a fine line that must not be crossed by players in their conduct towards match officials.
“If players and officials want to be respected by match officials, they must at all times show the same type of respect towards such officials, irrespective of any decisions which may have been made against them by the official.”
At the time of publishing, Khenyeza’s mobile was still off.