Edwin Gyimah

Edwin Gyimah

South African side Orlando Pirates have decided not to punish their Ghana international midfielder Edwin Gyimah despite his late return from national duty because the midfielder was not at fault.

Gyimah arrived back in South Africa from the recent FIFA international break late, meaning he missed the Buccaneers’ Telkom Knockout encounter against the University of Pretoria.

The midfielder was called up for the Ghanaian national team and was expected back in South Africa on October 15 ahead of their club game on October 16.

However, he arrived back too late to be included in the Bucs team for their TKO opening round tie with Tuks, which they went on to win 2-1.

Soccer Laduma has indicated that the club has come to the understanding that the players were not at fault for their late arrival and have decided to waive punishment for the two.

“The management feels that there is no need for any punishment or disci­plinary action for the two. Though they arrived later than expected, it wasn’t their fault,” the source said over Gyimah and his Senegal team-mate Sarr.

“They made sure they came back as soon as they could according to the flight bookings they had.

“Unfortunately they couldn’t be part of that team that won against Tuks, but they did everything right on their side and the team manage­ment took that into consideration and are satisfied with the players’ commitment to the team.”

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