Thanda Royal Zulu coach Mlungisi Ngubane has reacted angrily to an article in a weekly soccer newspaper in which he was allegedly quoted as saying, “Club owners are stupid.” In an effort to clear his name, the former Durban Bush Bucks star contacted KickOff.com to clarify exactly what he said during the interview.
“I never called anybody stupid,” he said. “Something needs to be done;
it doesn’t make me happy that I was misquoted. The story makes me look
like a man who doesn’t like working for any team – does the journalist
want to see me out of a job? He promised to let me see what he wrote
before publishing, but didn’t do so and I’m fed up.
“The only thing I said was it doesn’t make sense for people to ignore
me the whole season and then when things are not okay, they remember
Prof. Why don’t they say, ‘Give Prof a chance and then if he fails we
go for the best coach?’
“I do agree that I mentioned the fact that there are jealous people out
there, but the newspaper is destroying my name and their image by
writing things that aren’t true.
“I shall be calling a radio station to talk about it and the guy who
wrote the story must call me and correct what he wrote. How can I say
Thanda people are stupid, or for that matter call guys like Kaizer
Motaung or Irvin Khoza stupid? It looks like I’m saying that all the
PSL [Premier Soccer League] owners are stupid!”