After the game, coach Kaitano Tembo revealed that Gabuza’s son died on Monday and was buried in on Thursday two days before they played Highlands Park and that the former Orlando Pirates striker did not attend his funeral to focus on the final.
Tembo said he was emotional after finding out that Gabuza had kept the death of his son a secret so he could play in the final.
The former Orlando Pirates striker won the Man of the Match against the Lions of the North on Saturday at the Orlando Stadium picking up a cheque of R25 000 for his performance.
Gabuza missed his son’s funeral for football? What kind of a parent does this ????????????
— Bomb Squad (@AndileMlondo) October 6, 2019
I blame Orlando Pirates trophy drought for Gabuza decision not to attend his son’s funeral, this was his only chance to lift a trophy.
— Mulalo Rashaka (@Mbikisha) October 6, 2019
Nothing heroic here. My ancestors wl never forgive me for choosing to go to work instead of going to my son’s funeral. Gabuza’s decision making very questionable
— Youth Endala (@kalipile1) October 6, 2019