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05 Apr 2003 00:00
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Jabu Pule has been reported on the clubs website that he missed a training session again after disappearing without trace for a week.
It was reported that the club officials have vowed to take stringent action against the wayward star who missed Chiefs Premier Soccer League fixture against Manning Rangers at Rand Stadium on Saturday.
Club managing director Kaizer Motaung was quoted on the website as being at a loss for words on Saturday as he broke the news.
“We are highly disappointed,” said Motaung. “We have done all we could possibly do to help the player get his life together and resurrect his career but all our efforts were in vain.
“Surely by now the supporters also realise that Jabu has not treated them with the kind of respect they deserve despite their support throughout his trying times.
All I can say now is that we will wait for the player to return, but the club will be forced to take even harsher penalty this time.”
Pule admitted to having drinking and chemical substance abuse problems in September last year.
He was sent to a rehabilitation centre with the support of the club. He spent six weeks there and it is now clear that the exercise did very little to help him.
He was subsequently suspended for three months.
“I thank all those around me especially the Kaizer Chiefs family, for their love and support,” said Pule when he came out of rehabilitation in November last year.
“The six weeks at the rehabilitation centre provided me with an opportunity to discover a lot about myself as an individual, and the fact that in life you live just once, with no opportunity to make mends the second time around because there is no second time around.”
He has since been surrounded by controversy and appeared in court on charges of alleged abduction of a minor.
Undoubtedly one of the finest midfielders to grace the South African football scene, Pule has always had difficulties in handling his life off the field and this could well lead to his downfall.
According to the website Pule’s latest disappearing act could well cost him a place in the Glamour Boys team, and what a sad day it would be for South African football to see such an amazing talent go to waste. - Sapa
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