Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane has weighed in on the incident involving Njabulo Ngcobo in the 2-1 loss to Golden Arrows on Wednesday.
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Ngcobo lost his temper with Lee Baxter and some of his teammates after being subbed in the 71st minute of the same game.
And this was 10 minutes after making the defensive blunder that led to Arrows getting the equaliser, and Ngcobo was clearly upset for being taken out.
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He walked past Zwane who had his arm extended to shake him, and Baxter angrily stood up in an attempt to reprimand the defender.
However, the incident turned into a mini brawl before players such as Bruce Bvuma, Kgaogelo Sekgota, Bernard Parker and Ramahlwe Mphahlele stepped in to intervene.
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Now, Zwane said, as a former player himself, he understands Ngcobo’s frustrations but he admitted the lanky utility player could have handled the situation better.
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“I believe Njabulo was a bit upset at himself that he gave the ball away in the wrong area and we were punished. I don’t view it as other people may seem to be something that is bad,” Zwane told reporters.
“I was a player myself. So, maybe he was upset. I believe he was upset at himself and he feels he could have done better there because at half-time, we spoke about it that release the ball early, don’t play the ball at the back, try to play the ball forward so we can attack.”
“Unfortunately he decided to play the ball… he was trying to play short and couldn’t see the danger. So, we got punished. As a player, he will learn from that, it’s football.”
“Football is a game of mistakes. It’s a game that teaches us to be better. As much as I expected him to do better; that was his decision he made on the day on the field and we got punished from it. He will learn from it and move on,” concluded Zwane.
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