Sibongiseni Gumbi
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27 Feb 2016
10:35 am

Khenyeza told to leave training

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Golden Arrows striker Mabhuti Khenyeza was thrown out of training this week and told in no uncertain terms to never come back after a bust-up with coach Clinton Larsen and his assistant Mandla Ncikazi on Thursday.

Mabhuti Khenyeza. ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The Saturday Citizen understands that Khenyeza was told to leave after a meeting where Larsen sought to iron out frosty relations in the team.

“They called a meeting with the players hoping to address issues that have led to the team not doing well in recent games. But then the meeting turned into a witch hunt as a few players were singled out and told that they were divisive,” said a source close to the team.

After that, the source said, things turned ugly and Khenyeza told Larsen and Ncikazi where to get off, and that is when the former Kaizer Chiefs striker was told to leave and not think about coming back.

“Mabhuti was hopping mad and used some vulgar words before leaving,” added the source. A few weeks ago Phakaaathi reported that Khenyeza was training with Arrows’ reserve team before club owner, Mato Madlala, resolved the issues between him and Larsen. The coach downplayed the situation and said he had asked him to help them win the Multichoice Diski Challenge.

Khenyeza has a long history of fights with coaches and has previously been let go by no less than three clubs. The 33-year-old’s stay at Amakhosi was cut short following a run-in with then coach, Muhsin Ertugral.

Khenyeza also left Ajax Cape Town in a huff after the team hired Ertugral. He left Mpumalanga Black Aces under similar circumstances after an alleged fight with then coach, Clive Barker.

Khenyeza then rejoined Arrows and helped them regain their PSL status.

Arrows spokesman, Vusimuzi Vilakazi could not be reached for comment.

Larsen’s phone was also switched off yesterday afternoon.