Mpumalanga Black Aces have accepted an apology from the Premier Soccer League for the confusion caused by the League's statement on Mabhudi Khenyeza.
According to a statement on the Aces official website, the PSL have realised that the rules were in fact in favor of Khenyeza, being eligible to play against Kaizer Chiefs.
Khenyeza is currently appealing against the 12-match ban imposed on him by the League, after he was found guilty of spitting on assistant referee Zakhele Siwela.
The full Aces statement reads:
"Black Aces would like to thank the Premier Soccer League for taking the matter seriously as well as responding promptly. We are happy to say that the matter has been laid to rest and that we can now concentrate on the game of football."
“Mr Brand de Villiers, the PSL’s Chief Executive Officer, wrote the following in his letter addressed to Aces:
“The league did not consider all the rules, as detailed in your letter, and as such formed the wrong opinion with regards to whether Mr. Khenyeza can play or not.
“I therefore apologize unreservedly to you and your Club for any embarrassment caused as a result of our email to you.
“I also apologize for the League issuing a statement on Saturday referring to the matter - clearly this is an internal matter that should be dealt with as such and not through the media.
“The Constitution and Rules of the League are and will always be what regulates the League, its members and officials and as such is the only point of reference. However, these documents are dynamic in nature and will change as time goes by, similarly our documents may contradict the regulating documents of SAFA, CAF and or FIFA and when such instances occur it leaves the door open for interpretation which should be prevented as far as possible.
“You have every right to expect the same level of excellence and competence of me and my colleagues in dealing with the affairs of the league and as stated I am responsible and accountable for our performance.
“I shall address the matter raised with regards to the website. I requested a copy of the SAFA constitution and relevant Rules to be delivered to you for information.
“I thank you for the manner in which you have dealt with the matter.
“Brand de Villiers
Chief Executive Officer"
Aces' next outing is against AmaZulu on August 27, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, and Khenyeza is be expected to be involved in Clive Barker's set-up.