Kaizer Chiefs have issued a statement on defender Njabulo Ngcobo’s outburst following his substitution on Wednesday afternoon.
The player was taken off by interim head coach Arthur Zwane after a number of glaring errors, one of which led to Amakhosi conceding the first goal in their 2-1 defeat to Golden Arrows in the DStv Premiership midweek.
Ngcobo refused to shake Zwane’s hands and was captured on camera having an altercation with goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter.
“I would like to sincerely apologise to coach Arthur Zwane, coach Dillon Sheppard, coach Lee Baxter, my teammates, Kaizer Chiefs management and all Amakhosi supporters for not shaking the coach’s hand and for the outburst that followed after being taken off. I take full responsibility for my actions and such should not be repeated,” the player was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.
“I am not proud of what I did. It was a heat of the moment thing because I made some costly mistakes during the match and it’s not nice knowing that you’ve let the team down as a player, but that does not justify any of my actions. I promise to do better in the future.”
Zwane said it was all water under the bridge.
“I understand that Mr Ngcobo’s emotions got the better of him and it happens in our game. We will try and work with all the players to make them understand where they are, because everyone is watching and this brand demands that we all act professionally on and off the field,” the coach also said on the website.
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