- Successful South Africans showing one another love on social media appears to be the source of irritation for some people
- Al-Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane sent a signed shirt of the club's to Proteas star Temba Bavuma in a nice touch
- Bavuma, a Kaizer Chiefs fan, joked that he was relieved it was not the team's rivals Mamelodi Sundowns, who Mosimane used to coach, leading a meltdown in reactions
What was meant to be a kind gesture between two great South Africans has instead turned into a messy squabble among readers.
Al-Ahly's all-conquering coach Pitso Mosimane sent Proteas captain and batsman Temba Bavuma a signed shirt of the Egyptian giants. Bavuma took the opportunity to thank Mosimane for the present.
As reported on Sports Brief, Bavuma, a Chiefs fan, took a friendly dig at rivals Mamelodi Sundowns - who Mosimane used to coach - adding in a tweet:
"I’m so relieved as a Chiefs fan [that] it’s not a Sundowns shirt."
The response from readers was unexpectedly fraught with tension and viciousness.
Mgeristo Hlati said:
"Him being given a jersey by Pitso... what has that got to do with his former team? He sounds bitter from something and surely it's not his batting form at the moment."
Ephraim Mahlangu said:
"He is just as k*k as the team he support so we not mad."
Luntu Msindwana said:
"Maybe they think we care and we don't. Even today they are trying to be relevant using Sundowns growing brand to get hits on the internet."
Johannes Moropane said:
"Please! We are Sundowns. We don't want nothing from Pitso. And to Bavuma, it's better for you because we as black South African we don't like or support cricket or rugby.
An unhappy Bheki Sibeko responded to Moropane's comment:
"Who elected you to speak for black people? I watch cricket and rugby and both the Proteas and the Springboks represent me."
Mzinganye Ncube piled in, saying:
"First of all to prove how foolish you are! The language you used is a colonial language. But yet you don't support cricket and rugby. Secondly both captains of the sports you mentioned are black people, yet you say you never saw a black person playing there (Siya Kolisi and Temba Bavuma)."