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AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela defends right to express himself

Posted: 31 October 2018 Time: 09:45

AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela admits sometimes emotions get the better of him but he has defended his right to express himself.

Sokhela, whose father is the chairman of the club, has never been shy to broadcast his views.

He previously said the PSL's head of communications Luxolo September should be the PSL CEO, after he won an award in his home province of the Eastern Cape. The PSL still has no full-time CEO. Mato Madlala, the Golden Arrows chairperson, has been controversially serving as the acting CEO since November 2015 after Brand de Villiers stepped down.

In July after a report circulated that some clubs were trying to oust PSL chairman Irvin Khoza, Sokhela said on Twitter: "We @AmaZulu Football Club would never support that. Dr Khoza is the only individual in SA that can lead the PSL and has our full support."

In a recent radio interview he vented his displeasure at eThekwini Municipality striking a deal with Kaizer Chiefs to play their home matches in Durban. He believes municipalities should support their local clubs, pointing to the examples of Chippa United and Maritzburg United.

With his father taking a backseat to running affairs at the club due to ill health, Sokhela has been acting as interim chairman.

One thing he needs to focus on is repairing the club's relationship with the PSL.

Last month the PSL fined AmaZulu R640,000 (half suspended for 24 months) for unruly fan behaviour during a match with Mamelodi Sundowns in March, while they also docked Usuthu six points on FIFA's orders for failing to pay their former player Phinheas Nambandi.

Asked about his public utterances, Sokhela said: "The social media, you use it to express yourself and at the end of the day a person may say things that offend others.

"They might take it the wrong way, as you say. But at the end of the day we are all allowed to express ourselves. We are all allowed to express that we are unhappy about certain things. We are not all angels at the end of the day.

'"Yes, sometimes maybe out of emotion, a person may put things in the wrong way, but you have to understand that people are people. When certain things happen to the club it does anger me at times.

"Because if I was allowed to spend 80 percent of my time on things that are going to develop the club as opposed to DRCs, courtrooms, meetings with lawyers, and all those things ... the club would be somewhere else now."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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