Kaizer Chiefs look set to take it easy with Njabulo Ngcobo and his disciplinary proceedings following his substitution tantrum and subsequent apology.
Interim coach Arthur Zwane has downplayed the incident which suggests Ngcobo is likely to get off with a slap on the wrist.
Ngcobo has made a public apology through Kaizer Chiefs’ official channels and it appears that management want to put the issue to bed.
His outburst came in the undoubtedly frustrating 2-1 loss to Golden Arrows.
Ngcobo could still feature against Cape Town City on Saturday.
Njabulo Ngcobo apologises to the Khosi Nation
“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.”
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The club are clearly keen to stress that Ngcobo is remorseful and repentant and that further action won’t be required.
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“I am not proud of what I did,” Ngcobo also said. “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 has acknowledged the apology and won’t hold the incident against the Bafana Bafana international.
He also said: “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.”
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Njabulo Ngcobo gets off lightly
Kaizer Chiefs will now complete the disciplinary process behind closed doors but a spell on the bench appears unlikely given what is at stake for the team.
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Kaizer Chiefs are fifth in the PSL heading into the weekend.