Banned Cape Town City midfielder Mpho ‘Bibo’ Makola has opened up for the first time about the incident of shoving referee Abongile Tom during a Telkom Knockout match against Kaizer Chiefs in October.
Makola was handed a six-month ban by the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee for the incident, a decision which has since been appealed by the player and his club.
Speaking exclusively to FARPost.co.za in Tafelkop, Limpopo, where he’s hosting a tournament, the 33-year-old said he was not proud of the incident and deeply regrets his actions.
“That was wrong of me and I regret it. That’s something that I wouldn’t want kids to see because obviously I am a role model and I know a lot of kids were watching and it was not a good image,” admitted Makola.
“I did apologies to the ref (Abongile Tom), I called him and I said, ‘listen I know you probably have kids and when they see something like that it’s gonna look bad’ so my humble apologies for doing that and it will never happen again,” said Makola.
“I mean I have never done something like that since I have played football, nonetheless even playing here (amateur football) I have never done something like that. It was out of character and I deeply regret it.
“My team is even suffering because I am not playing but yeah, I think it was just a lesson learned and it’s something that will never happen again,” he said.
Makola awaits a decision from the South African Football Association appeals board which is due in the next few days.
By Ofhani Munyai