- Orlando Pirates administrative officer Floyd Mbele has confirmed that the club has launched an investigation into the bizarre incident involving star striker Thamsanqa Gabuza
- Gabuza has been heavily criticised for his on-field antics during the match against Black Leopards on Tuesday night
- Mbele confirmed that the club would complete its own inquiry before commenting or taking any action
Orlando Pirates administrative officer Floyd Mbele has confirmed that the Soweto Giants would launch a full investigation into the bizarre incident involving star striker Thamsanqa Gabuza. Mbele said the club would not make any further comments or take any action against Gabuza until the investigation was completed.
Gabuza was involved in a bizarre incident with fans of the club during his side’s match against Black Leopards on Tuesday night. He has been heavily criticised for his on-field antics and complete and utter unprofessionalism.
Gabuza shocked onlookers when he stormed off the field after scoring the opening goal of the match on Tuesday. Orlando Pirates fans had been jeering and booing Gabuza after he missed a slew of scoring opportunities.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Gabuza earned two yellow cards for the incident, the first for taking off his jersey and the second for leaving the field without following the correct procedure.
Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza told Sport24.com that he could not condone Gabuza’s action and labelled his decision to storm off the field as stupid. Khoza did, however, offer to help his under siege player.
Khoza echoed the club’s official line when he said an investigation would need to be conducted to ascertain whether Gabuza had acted in a way which he considered normal or not.
Mbele made a broadly similar statement and told Kickoff.co.za that the club’s management and coaching staff needed to gather the facts to get to the root of what occurred.
Mbele said the club’s management would wait for reports from the coaching and technical team, the medical staff and the match officials before making any type of decision on the matter.
Khoza added that it was important to assess Gabuza’s mental state before taking action. He said if anything was shown to be wrong the club was honour bound to intervene and assist as much as possible.
Khoza was less impressed with the action taken by the technical staff who tried to make it look like Gabuza had suffered an injury which led to him leaving the field. Khoza said their action was messy and not needed.
Gabuza has issued a full apology to the club and the fans for his behaviour, but he is expected to face some form of punishment for the incident once all the relevant inquiries have been completed.
The club has ample time to complete its investigation after being eliminated from the MTN8 competition. The side’s next match is on 15 September.
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