Baroka chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has revealed that he tried to bring coach Kgoloko Thobejane back to the club but the eccentric tactician refused.
Thobejane was dismissed in 2018 for allegedly drinking on the team bus after a league match, alongside two players Oscarine Masuluke and ex-captain Olaleng Shaku.
The club announced the return of Masuluke on Tuesday, which prompted questions amongst the Bakgaga supporters, on whether Thobejane and Shaku would also be forgiven and welcomed back at the club.
“Of course it’s possible (for them to return),” Mphahlele told FARPost.
“I forgave Kgoloko (Thobejane) a long time ago. I gave him a call to come and help the MDC, but he was not interested. So I don’t hold grudges, everybody makes mistakes in life but a person need to repent.
“Who am I to judge people that they are making mistakes when I am also making mistakes. So I forgave all those boys (Shaku and Masuluke), they are welcome to come and work here if they feel they want to come and work here,” continued Mphahlele.
“I can’t follow them (beg them) but my door is always open, even when they left here my door has always been open. I told Kgoloko he must come to my office so that we can talk, he didn’t want to come to the office and talk. He went to the labour court and CCMA instead of coming to me,” he concluded.
During an interview with this publication in July, Thobejane revealed that he was approached by the club to come back but said no.
“It took 2 years for him (Khurishi Mphahlele) to call me, do you know why? He asked me do you want the job? He was asking me, the same job. So I told him I don’t need a job because I felt that the approach was wrong,” explained Thobejane.
The man who was in charge when Baroka gained promotion to the Premier Division back in 2016 is now head coach at the Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League side, Passion FC.
By Ofhani Munyai