Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Arthur Zwane has revealed why the coaching team did not ‘crucify’ Njabulo Ngcobo after his outburst following his substitution against Golden Arrows.
The reigning Defender of the Season started the last two games for Amakhosi since Zwane, together with Dillon Sheppard, took over from Stuart Baxter.
However, he didn’t have his best game against Arrows, with his mistake costing his side their first goal in the 2-1 defeat in KwaZulu-Natal.
As a consequence, Zwane opted to take off the defender, which seemingly upset Ngcobo, who snubbed a handshake with Sheppard as he walked off, which upset goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter and the duo clashed briefly.
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Zwane, though, has defended his player, whom he called one of the best at the club, and revealed the players has apologised for his behavior.
“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.
“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.”