SuperSport United striker Thamsanqa Gabuza did the unthinkable as he made a huge revelation in the change room after the club’s MTN8 triumph.
SuperSport were crowned MTN8 champions for a third time in the club’s histoy on Saturday evening after beating Highlands Park 1-0 in the final played at Orlando Stadium.
It was in fact Gabuza who was key in the build-up to the lone-goal as he played in Teboho Mokoena down the right-flank to cross for Bradley Grobler to head home.
But what happened after the match is what earned the former Orlando Pirates striker all the plaudits from coach Kaitano Tembo, who dedicated the victory and tophy to him.
“I heard after the game just now, concerning Gabuza, and it's something which he did but I didn’t even expect or encourage him to do that,” said Tembo.
“I think he did what he did for the badge, and this is what happened: He lost his son on Monday and he never told anyone, and the funeral was on Thursday but he never attended because he only told us in the dressing room now.
“He didn’t want to upset the camp because we were facing a very crucial game, and for me it just killed everything.
“I see someone who’s really committed, someone who a lot of players can learn from. He’s had to go through that and still play the way he played – a man of the match performance – and I dedicate this win and this cup to him.
“That’s the only sad part and it’s already starting to hit me that someone can do that and still play for the team, doing it for me – I appreciate that but at the same time I’m also hurting.”
Check out the gallery featuring Gabuza as he celebrated the success despite mourning his son's passing.