- Orlando Pirates star striker Thamsanqa Gabuza was involved in one of the strangest incidents in local soccer history
- Gabuza threw his jersey at a group of fans who had been booing him after he missed a raft of scoring opportunities against Black Leopards
- Orlando Pirates eventually won the PSL match 2-1
Orlando Pirates star striker Thamsanqa Gabuza was involved in one of the strangest incidents in local soccer history. Gabuza threw his jersey at a group of fans who had been booing and taunting him after he missed several scoring opportunities against Black Leopards.
The incident started when Gabuza missed a raft of opportunities during the first half. Fans showed their mounting frustration by motioning for the player to be substituted and jeering him each time he touched the ball.
The bizarre incident concluded when Gabuza finally found the back of the net and instead of celebrating he took off his jersey threw it at the fans, repeated their substitution motion and promptly walked off the field.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Orlando Pirates eventually won the PSL encounter against the newly promoted Black Leopards team 2-1.
The side had to complete the final ten minutes of the first half with just ten men on the field. Gabuza later reappeared on the bench with ice strapped to his leg in what looked like a knee injury.
Sport24.com reported that Gabuza received two yellow cards for the incident, one for removing his jersey and the second for leaving the field of play without following the correct procedure.
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic praised the rest of his side for remaining calm after Gabuza stormed off the field. Sredojevic said the match had been a pulsating encounter which provided thrills from start to finish.
Sredojevic said it was amazing that his other players remained calm after the incident but he declined to give any additional comments on the bizarre incident.
He added that it was the first time in his long coaching career that he had witnessed such an incident. Sredojevic said he would take whatever lessons he could out of the match and apply it to the team.
Sredojevic said Gabuza had injured his knee prior to scoring the goal and felt he needed to leave the field after proving a point to the booing fans.
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