It is commonly stated that sport, and extra so soccer, is an emotional sport. That stated, nevertheless, gamers should all the time guard their feelings in order to not exceed the widely acceptable norms and requirements.
After being substituted after Amakhosi’s below-par efficiency throughout their 2-1 away midweek defeat by Golden Arrows, centre-back Njabulo Ngcobo was furious. He overtly walked previous his stand-in coach Arthur Zwane, refusing to just accept the coach’s supply of a handshake.
After his tantrum, goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter confronted Ngcobo and a scuffle broke out as Baxter tried in useless to drive Ngcobo to apologise to Zwane or as a minimum shake his hand. It was a present of utter disrespect for the interim coach who took over the reins from sacked Englishman Stuart Baxter two weeks in the past.
Some of the gamers on the bench additionally tried to defuse the stress by making an attempt to persuade Ngcobo to settle down. Ngcobo was unrelenting.
Zwane has since given his aspect of the story relating to the handshake incident captured on digicam for all to see. The likeable Glamour Boys tactician stated as a former participant himself, he absolutely understands Ngcobo’s response.
Downplaying the entire saga that has set tongues wagging, he stated maybe Ngcobo was despondent along with his efficiency because the participant was of the view he might have finished higher by following the coach’s half-time directions to the letter. Sugar-coated diplomacy on the a part of Zwane, I have to say.
The backside line is that Ngcobo’s outburst was unjustified and unwarranted after his two obtrusive errors. The first led to the equaliser by Siboniso Congo, the second gifted Knox Mutizwa one other alternative to attain however he didn’t capitalise on it. Thereafter, he snubbed the coach for his personal doing.
Chiefs misplaced three matches on the trot beneath Zwane’s tutelage, earlier than yesterday’s Premiership tie towards Cape Town City at FNB Stadium.
Abafana Be’sthende, a aspect that has simply fired its coach, Lehlohonolo Seema, received into the PSL’s historical past books by turning into the second workforce inside per week to finish their first league double towards Chiefs. Last week, Stellenbosch’s Stellies additionally recorded a double over the boys from Naturena.
What should the coach do if you’re not taking part in based on his directions? Ngcobo undermined his coach. Nothing extra, nothing much less. And in future, he should guarantee he guards his mood, in any other case, it would land him in a extra precarious state of affairs. He has since apologised.
Chiefs’ administration should come down arduous on Ngcobo and sanction him for bringing the membership into disrepute. The scenes have been disgraceful. Wearing the Chief’s badge, or every other membership’s badge comes with accountability.
The ball is now within the Amakhosi prime brass’s courtroom to behave decisively to stamp out his type of behaviour.
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