Orlando Pirates are preparing to go to the Dr Molemela Stadium for their game against Bloemfontein Celtic tonight without Patrick Phungwayo in their planning.
The Buccaneers are in Mangaung for their league game against Celtic tonight, with the team still attempting to confirm their place in the top eight bracket of the Absa Premiership log before the season ends.
Following his struggles with a lack of game time at Bucs since joining the club in 2012, Phungwayo has appeared to be finally getting a chance to showcase his talent at the star-studded side under Swedish coach, Kjell Jonevret and his technical team.
The left-back has made eight starts in the team’s last 10 games in the league. During the most recent game for Bucs, which was a 2-0 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns this past Sunday, Phungwayo was in the starting line up and played the full 90 minutes to continue with his progress.
Sources at Bucs have confirmed to the Siya crew that the 29-year-old is not in camp for tonight’s crucial game against Celtic. Recent media reports indicate that the player appeared at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday after he and his brother were allegedly arrested on Monday.
It is alleged that ‘Boka’ and his brother were involved in an altercation and a shooting incident with an unidentified man at a party in Spruitview in Johannesburg, which resulted in the football star allegedly facing charges of alleged attempted murder, assault and possession of an unlicensed firearm.
So far, Pirates have distanced themselves from the alleged shooting incident and advised that the player should be the one in the possession to issue a comment on the matter.
It is not yet clear if the player’s exclusion from the 18-man match day squad for Siwelele has got anything to do with the alleged incident, as there has been no official word from the Soweto giants up to this stage.
Pirates lost 2-1 against Celtic when the two teams played their first-round league game at the Orlando Stadium in December.