Golden Arrows head coach Steve Komphela has reacted to the criticism thrown at his team by some fans on the manner in which Arrows lost against Mamelodi Sundowns on Monday.
Following the defeat to the ‘Brazilians’ at Dobsonville which had an impact on the Absa Premiership log standings, football fans, mostly those of Kaizer Chiefs, insinuated that the performances from some of Arrows players were questionable.
Midfielder Thabani Zuke was a notable victim of huge criticism, more specifically for his back pass which resulted in the winning goal for the’ Brazilians’.
But Komphela was having none of it on Twitter on Tuesday night, as he fearlessly put fans into their place.
“It’s gone insane. I woke up to a very thorny question that I couldn’t just ignore and had been in a sweet and sour street. I owe the honest my honesty and sincerity. I equally owe the hurting and hating my honest and compassionate explanation,” wrote Komphela on twitter.
“I hope those poor players won’t suffer the same abuse. The shoe hurts when it is worn. Careful the precedence you set. I pray they’re in good hands and taught the right way without anger,” responded Komphela to one football supporter who recommended that Arrows player need psychiatrist assistant die to the abuse on social media.
“It’s expected TATA. I told the team yesterday way before the match that whatever the outcome, we needed to be ready for abuse. I didn’t expect the mistakes we made and furthermore more the unthinkable accusations. I didn’t know it would be this low. The bar is terrifyingly low,”
When asked what would be his words of encouragement to Zuke following the criticism Komphela wrote:
“We made the mistake and paid the price. We all feel terrible but in sport you get tested and learn whereas in normal life you learn and get tested. We’ve learnt our lesson. I’m still in class learning. I said it yesterday that the outcome is a curse in both ways. Just manage it.” he said.
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By Ofhani Munyai