The club called a press conference on 03 January 2018 with Usuthu senior player, Siyabonga Nomvethe, Head Coach Cavin Johnson and the General Manager, Lunga Sokhela to address the speculative reports that are going around concerning Bhele.
An article published on an online football website where a former employee of the club alleges that he has been contacted by AmaZulu FC supporters about in-house matters.
According to the ex-employee a rift between Nomvethe and the Coach exists & has led to some of the supporters running to his door allegedly because of a lack of game time and not see eye to eye with the coach.
AmaZulu General Manager, Lunga Sokhela said during his address: “Siyabonga Nomvethe’s role at this stage of his career is not limited to him being on the field of play, but it also lies in him guiding other players within the squad to possibly replicate his heroics.”
“He is a role model on and off the field and as management we love and respect him greatly. Our stance as the management and directors of the club is simple, the coach and only the coach alone may select the squad and team to play.”
“Furthermore, no player may be signed in the club without his consent. This has always been the policy and always will be,” Sokhela further added.
Sokhela also made a plea to the supporters to rally behind unifying the Usuthu faithful rather instead of falling negative media speculation.
Remarks from Siyabonga Nomvethe:
“I’m very much surprised in all these reports because for over 22 years that I have played football I’ve always been respectful of my club, coaches and teammates. I am a family man and I don’t follow what is being said on newspapers, so, now even all of my teammates are surprised. I’d like to put on record that I’m not in any way against the coach and the technical staff and the club,” said the all-time leading PSL goal scorer.
The Coach equally expressed his shock at the reports designed plant discord in his squad.
“As a coach there is always two sides of the story. We are building and we’re building big. There’s always people when you climb a mountain, there’s always someone looking to pull you down.”
“I don’t believe Nomvethe, being the professional that he is, is even capable of that. That is how strong I am about the relationship I have as a coach with the players. If any of them would go out and make statements without telling us, I don’t think we run that type of ship,” said Johnson.Share