- Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has appointed a psychologist to assess and help star striker Thamsanqa Gabuza
- Gabuza was involved in a bizarre on-field incident on Wednesday night in which he stormed off the fields after taunting his fans
- Khoza did not condone the incident or how Gabuza had reacted but said the club would give the player all the help he needed
Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has appointed a psychologist to assess the mental health and provide help to star striker Thamsanqa Gabuza. The player was involved in a bizarre incident on Wednesday night when he stormed off the field after scoring a goal.
Khoza did not condone the incident and said Gabuza had acted stupidly but he said the club would not turn its back on the player and would provide him with all the assistance and help that he needed.
Khoza said it was important to ascertain what had led to the incident and whether or not Gabuza had an underlying mental issue which needed treatment. He said the player was special and deserved to receive help.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Khoza said the club would conduct a full investigation into the incident which would include a psychological assessment and report from the match commissioner before taking any action or commenting further on the incident.
Citizen.co.za reported that Khoza said the club had two weeks to deal with the matter in the appropriate manner once it had received all the relevant reports.
Khoza said Gabuza was a hard worker who loved the club and that was part of the reason why he had decided to throw his support behind the player.
Gabuza stormed off the field in the match against Black Leopards on Wednesday. He took off his jersey and made gestures to a group of Orlando Pirates supporters before disappearing into the changing rooms.
His antics are believed to have been in protest of the fans earlier jeering and booing after he missed several scoring opportunities in the first half.
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