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Dan Malesela on 'embarrassing' Buyani Sali

Posted: 3 February 2016 Time: 10:43

Chippa United coach Dan Malesela says his decision to take off first half substitute Buyani Sali was to save the player “from further embarrassment”.

The midfielder came on for Sandile Zuke in the 35th minute of the 3-0 defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns, but was then substituted 30 minutes later.

Malesela, who also criticized his defence, says Sali was shocking. 

“Of all the guys on the bench he was the one with game-time in our previous match,” ‘Dance’ says. “The thinking was that we won’t bring on somebody who will be under pressure but yoh, it became shocking.”

Sali walked straight to the dressing-room after being substituted, and Malesela concedes that the player would have been disappointed.

“This happens in football … people getting emotional. I saved him from further embarrassment because everything he touched was going wrong. So you save him, you save the team. 

“People have the perception that you are angry with the player or trying to embarrass him when you take him out. No, it’s about saving the team. If I had left him probably it could have been worse.”

Article by: Ernest Fakude
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