In a rather shocking development, former Young Warriors soccer coach Phillip Mbofana is reportedly fighting for his freedom in South Africa after allegations that he raped a woman in Limpopo.
Mbofana, who was recently appointed coach of Division One side Dynamos, is being held in Polokwane after being arrested last week.
His assistant, Allen Freeze, will take over the coaching reins in a caretaker capacity until the outcome of Mbofana’s court case.
The Limpopo-based side’s managing director, July Malabela confirmed that the Zimbabwean coach will appear in court on Thursday, on charges related to the allegations.
“It is obvious that a person remains innocent until proven guilty, so at this stage it is difficult to take any decision against the coach until his court case is over.
In the meantime, Allen Freeze will remain caretaker coach in his absence,” he said.
Mbofana’s arrest resulted in Dynamos playing their league game against United FC last Saturday without a coach.
Dynamos owner Pat Malabela had no kind words for the former Mhangura coach for what he termed “bringing the club’s name into disrepute” if the allegations against the coach are true.
However, he said they would let the law take its course first.
Malabela said the club was disappointed and viewed the allegations in serious light.
“These are serious allegations.
But we will discipline him pending the outcome of the case.
Of course one is innocent until proven guilty.
However, the serious nature of the allegations warrants us to take action against him,” he said.
He said the coach’s arrest disrupted their preparations for last Saturday’s match against United FC.
“We did not have the best start to the season after losing all our three opening matches and the last thing we wanted was this.
“We must start picking up points now if we really want to challenge for the honours and the sooner we forget about what happened to Phillip the better, as we don’t want it to affect our players,” Malabela said.
Mbofana, the former Zimbabwe Under-20 and Under-23 coach, has in recent years coached Swaziland clubs Mbabane Highlanders, XI Men in Flight and Pigg’s Peak Bush Bucks while back home, he once coached the now defunct Mhangura.