- SuperSport coach Kaitano Tembo has dedicated the MTN8 Cup win to Thamsanqa Gabuza
- Tembo revealed that the man-of-the-match had given more to the team than anyone would dare ask
- Gabuza helped his squad to victory while secretly mourning the death and burial of his own son
A shell-shocked Kaitano Tembo told the media that he was a little emotional and not because SuperSport United had just won the MTN8 Cup.
The coach revealed that man-of-the-match Thamsanqa Gabuza had been hiding a massive secret from his teammates, scared that it would demotivate them ahead of the finals:
“I won’t even encourage him to do that. I think he did what he did for the badge. This is what happened‚ he lost his son on Monday and he never told anyone. The funeral was on Thursday and he never attended because he only told us in the dressing room now."
TimesLIVE reports that the coach had commented on why he thought the star player had kept it under wraps:
“This is what happened‚ he didn’t want to upset the camp because we were facing a very crucial game. For me it (getting the news) just killed everything because I see someone (Gabuza) who’s really committed‚ someone who a lot of players can learn from."
Despite the tragic loss, Gabuza had managed to bring his everything with him on the pitch this Saturday:
“He’s got to go through that and still play the way he played. Play a man-of-the-match performance like that in the back of what happened. I think for me I dedicate this win and this cup to him because I think from day one he really deserves."
eNCA reports that Gabuza had scored R25 000 for his stellar performance, but had refused to discuss both the game and his son's death with the media.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Gabuza had joined the team after six seasons of poor performance, scoring only 11 goals in 95 matches.
While he comes to grips with the death of his child, Gabuza at least seems to have found his home in the industry.
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