Delron Sebastian Buckley, renowned former Bafana Bafana soccer player, has been banned from all football activities. The ban comes in the wake of a disturbing video capturing Buckley assaulting a match official.
The incident occurred following the disappointing performance of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) team, which Buckley currently coaches, resulting in their failure to qualify for the Varsity Cup.
Coach Delron Buckley gets banned from matches
The disciplinary actions include a five-year suspension from all USSA Football activities, with no option for appeal. Buckley is said to have attacked the officials after his team performed poorly in the recent match that failed them to get the Varsity Cup championship.
Delron Buckley’s Football Journey
Originally from Durban, Buckley’s football career took off when he was signed by the German club VfL Bochum at the age of 17. He spent a significant portion of his playing days in Germany, representing clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, FC Basel, and VFL Bochum.
Rising through Bochum’s youth teams, Buckley made his Bundesliga debut in 1995 and secured a spot in the first squad in 1998, maintaining a starting position for much of his tenure. He is deemed one of the most legendary players in Bafana Bafana history.
Returning to South Africa, Buckley briefly played for Maritzburg United before transitioning to coaching. In 2021, he assumed the role of head coach at UKZN.
His illustrious career as a midfielder-cum-striker includes 73 appearances for Bafana Bafana, where he contributed 10 goals to South Africa’s tally.