Chippa United have put coach Roger Sikhakhane on special leave following a weekend incident, the club announced on Tuesday.
He’s now come out and denied that he was drunk of the job, an allegation that led to his suspension.
“They put me on special leave, but I did not request it,” he told Goal.com
“From my side I can say that I did not go to work drunk. I respect my job too much to do that.
“I think people are up to something that I don’t know about.”
The Chilli Boys are currently eighth on the Absa Premiership table after a solid start to the season, which has seen them claim 13 points from their opening 11 matches.
A statement from the club read: “Chippa United Football Club has placed Coach Roger Sikhakhane on special leave as of 07 December 2015, amid allegations of misconduct at the Nelson Mandela Commemoration Cup match which took place on 06 December in Mthatha.
The coach has been granted up until Friday, 11 December 2015 to respond to the allegations levelled against him.
Assistant coach, Dan Malesela will step in as head coach in the interim, assisted by Head of Development and MultiChoice Diski Challenge Head Coach, Floyd Mogale.
Sikhakhane believes Malesela’s appointment will not effect his role as coach.
“I don’t think so (that Malasela’s appointment was a way to get me out of the club). I don’t want to focus on that in my mind. I believe he came to the club to do his job. It doesn’t help to divert my thoughts to that kind of situation,” he concluded to Goal.com
This is in preparation for the upcoming Absa Premiership encounter against Bloemfontein Celtic on 18 December.
Chippa United fans are urged to come to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday, 18 December to support the Chilli Boys. Gates will open at 17h00 and kick off will be at 20h00.
The club will not comment further on this matter pending the outcome of the investigation.”