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Thamsanqa Gabuza: I am sorry for my celebration

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 12:15

Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza has shown humility by apologizing to the Bucs Faithful for his behavior of making rude hand gestures towards the crowd in attendance at the stadium after scoring a goal during the Buccaneers’ Nedbank Cup 4-2 victory over Free State Stars.

After getting onto the score sheet, Gabuza went from hero to villain when he was booked with a yellow card for inciting the supporters when his goal scoring celebration was directed towards applauding fans.

OPFC.com caught up with an understandably remorseful striker to unpack the incident and the consequences thereof.

The apology
“I know what I did was wrong. I acted out of frustration and lost sight of what was important, which is the Orlando Pirates brand and its supporters. I think the match referee acted accordingly because I deserved the yellow card and I would like to apologize to the Orlando Pirates supporters and the entire football fraternity for that unsavory celebration. I respect our supporters who follow the Team all over the country and who braved the adverse weather conditions on Saturday to inspire us to a win when we were at our lowest. Our supporters deserve better than that; I promise not to do it again”

So why the celebration?
“I always want to do well for the Team and for me the best way to do that is to score goals. I have obviously been missing my chances now of late which made me feel bad and those feelings were compounded by all the negative attention I have been subjected to, so when the goal came I was not even thinking about the supporters or how the celebration would be perceived. I was just relieved to finally score, however the celebration was completely unnecessary and such behavior is unjustifiable.”

“I realize that the celebration was perceived negatively and I would like to again extend my sincere apology to the entire Orlando Pirates family, my team mates and most importantly the Orlando Pirates supporters.”

Missing out on game time?
“It pains me that I won’t be able to do battle for my team in the upcoming Absa Premiership match (vs Supersport United on Saturday, 21 May 2016) as it’s an important match for us which will determine whether we finish in the Top8 or not. But the good thing is that we have depth in the Team with capable strikers who can do the job for Pirates. I’m confident that we will continue fighting to cement a Top8 finish because we have a very strong team spirit.”

Message to the Ghost?
“The above explanation is not an attempt to justify my behavior because the bottom line is that it never should have happened, period. Therefore I would like to stress again my humble apology to the Bucs Faithful – ngenkulu inhlonipho nokuzithoba, ngithi shwele Mabhakaniya amahle”.



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