Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has commented on the incident that sparked a harsh reaction from Willard Katsande and Bernard Parker on Wednesday night.
The incident resulted after defender Siyabonga Ngezana, who earned just his fourth appearance for the season, scored the opening goal in Chiefs’ 4-0 rout of Stellenbosch at Cape Town Stadium before removing his shirt and earning himself a yellow card.
This promoted Katsande and Parker to openly express their displeasure during the 22-year-old's celebration, seemingly suggesting that he ought to use his head rather than pick up needless bookings.
Well, Middendorp has taken a completely different viewpoint and even went as far as joking that he expected Ngezana to remove not only his playing jersey but his undershirt too.
“Everybody is equal, but somebody has to take more responsibility, and I’m very clear [about that]. If Samir Nurković were to do it, I would have a serious talk with him,” said Middendorp.
“But, a player in this excitement and enjoyment, I was wondering why he was not taking his undershirt off too, to show his [physique] or whatever – there is something.
“But, good, let him enjoy it. He got his first yellow card [of the season] for it, okay. He knows, it’s not a new rule for him and therefore he was totally in the moment.
“But he came back quite quick, so no. We will have a short chat about it but not in a way that I will make a big pot out of it, no.”