Sibongiseni Gumbi
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29 Apr 2016
12:25 pm

Baroka coach not concerned by Makaab insults

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Baroka FC’s coach, Kgoloko Thobejane has won himself some fans and critics at the same time for his post-match interview after his team’s 2-0 win over Polokwane City in the Nedbank Cup last weekend.

Kgoloko Thobejane, coach of Baroka FC. ©Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix

Thobejane told SuperSport TV that his team had felt a bit sorry for their neighbours and thus didn’t want to embarrass them with a bigger margin score.

After that statement, Thobejane was accused in some sections for being arrogant and disrespectful to his opponents. One of the more vocal critics was player agent, Mike Makaab, who said Thobejane was being upsurd.

“…the coach of Baroka, Thobejane’s arrogance is absurd, when the man has won nothing. Humility in victory is the greatest quality of all. It is what makes men great. I truly admire what Thobejane has achieved, but it is for us to applaud him, not for him to applaud himself and make remarks like he did about the opposition,” wrote Makaab on Twitter after the game.

But Thobejane has told Phakaaathi that what Makaab said is just a matter of opinion, and it does not worry him at all.

“They can call me names if they want to. But it doesn’t change who I am. For me it was about being confident and expressing confidence in my team which in turn inspires them. I do not worry myself about what other people say or think of me. They wrote me off long ago and said this one knows nothing… They can continue and call me names, it doesn’t matter,” said Thobejane who was on the bus with the team as they travelled to Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

Baroka are set to play Royal Eagles in a National First Division match at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The game promises to be a thriller as both teams need the full points to keep their title hopes alive.

Thobejane said his team remain unshaken despite having been dislodged from their top position by Highlands Park last weekend.

“Nothing has changed. We are still confident and I can tell you that we will be in the PSL next season. We are going there (to Pietermaritzburg) to win and collect three points,” he said.