Ngcobo was clearly upset after he was substituted against Golden Arrows on Wednesday, with his mistake having led to a key goal for the opposition. In the footage (as you can see below), it shows the Amakhosi defender ignoring Arthur Zwane as he left the field, before goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter stepped in to seemingly question his behaviour.
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Ngcobo reacted angrily to Baxter grabbing his shirt, but the incident appeared to divide opinion on social media, with some suggesting Ngcobo’s response was unacceptable. However, others felt it was a forgivable reaction to the disappointment of being substituted prematurely, while questioning why Baxter became involved.
“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,” Ngcobo said on the Chiefs website.
“I am not proud of what I did,” adds Ngcobo. “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.”
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Zwane, interestingly, has stated that Ngcobo could be forgiven after apologising.
“On Mr. Ngcobo’s situation, I think with Njabulo it was the heat of the moment,” Zwane said during Chiefs’ open media day on Thursday, as quoted by iDiski Times.
“I don’t think he did that intentionally. He was just very upset at himself because he made a mistake that ended up being a goal that we conceded that brought Golden Arrows back into the game.
“He was upset with himself and me as his coach right now it will be unfair to crucify him. It will be unfair to not to help him instead, because I was a player myself and I’ve made mistakes as a player.
“I learned from those mistakes and Njabulo is in a similar situation right now and he needs us, and he needs his teammates.
“He has apologised this morning because obviously he’s back to his senses right now. And you could even see after the game yesterday, he was remorseful and he realised the damage was bigger than what he thought.
“But look, like I said, we here not to judge. We are here as coaches to help our players to be better and he’s one of the best players we have, there’s no doubt about it.
“Going forward, we’ll try and help him fulfil his [potential]. When it comes to his career, we want to want to get the best out of him.”
You can watch the incident involving Ngcobo below:
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