Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter confirmed that Bongani Zungu’s fine would be paid by the South African Football Association.
The Siya Crew reported that the 25-year-old midfielder was slapped with a R70k fine for ‘offensive behaviour’ against Burkina Faso.
The fine stems from Zungu’s involvement in a bust-up that resulted in several players from both sides in Bafana’s 3-1 victory over Burkina Faso.
Baxter noted that the policy with regards to settling the fines of player is that if a player gets fined for what the FA considers to be an act committed in the line of duty, then SAFA will pay the fine.
“If a player commits an offence and gets a sending off but demonstrates the commitment, we pay for the fine”, said Baxter.
“However, if its reckless behaviour and if the player is talking back to officials then the player pays the fine himself”, explained the Bafana mentor.
Baxter further went on to say that the Zungu was not culpable in the incident that led to the fine. The Bafana midfielder will miss the first fixture, however, will be available for selection when Bafana travel to Dakar to face Senegal on 14 November at the Stade Leopoldo Sedar Senhor.