Orlando Pirates' Thamsanqa Gabuza apologises to fans for goal celebration against Free State Stars
Posted: 17 May 2016 Time: 12:53
Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza has apologised to the club's fans for his goal celebration against Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals on the weekend.
Gabuza netted moments after coming on in the 4-2 win at Goble Park, and was subsequently booked by referee Philip Tinyane for an inciteful gesture to the crowd.
The 28-year-old has come under fire from supporters this season for missing goalscoring chances, but accepts his reaction was ill-advised.
Gabuza told Bucs' website: "I know what I did was wrong. I acted out of frustration and lost sight of what was important, which is the Orlando Pirates brand and its supporters.
"I think the match referee acted accordingly because I deserved the yellow card and I would like to apologise to the Orlando Pirates supporters and the entire football fraternity for that unsavoury celebration.
"I respect our supporters who follow the team all over the country and who braved the adverse weather conditions on Saturday to inspire us to a win when we were at our lowest. Our supporters deserve better than that; I promise not to do it again."
Gabuza says the pressure he has been under played a role in the incident.
"I always want to do well for the team and for me the best way to do that is to score goals. I have obviously been missing my chances now of late which made me feel bad and those feelings were compounded by all the negative attention I have been subjected to.
"So when the goal came I was not even thinking about the supporters or how the celebration would be perceived. I was just relieved to finally score, however the celebration was completely unnecessary and such behaviour is unjustifiable.
“I realise that the celebration was perceived negatively and I would like to again extend my sincere apology to the entire Orlando Pirates family, my teammates and most importantly the Orlando Pirates supporters."
He added: "The above explanation is not an attempt to justify my behaviour because the bottom line is that it never should have happened, period. Therefore I would like to stress again my humble apology to the Bucs faithful – ngenkulu inhlonipho nokuzithoba, ngithi shwele Mabhakaniya amahle."