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Fikile Mbalula Defends Kaizer Chiefs Defender Siyabonga Ngezana for "Philosophy" Pronunciation Gaffe
- Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has promptly jumped to the defense of under-fire Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga Ngezana
- Ngezana has been having a torrid time of late in the middle of the Aamkhosi's defense
- However, cruel football fans took to mocking him for his mispronunciation of an English word, which annoyed the former sports minister
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula will not stand for online bullying.
The former minister for Sports, Arts and Culture chastised those on social media who mocked Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga Ngezana for pronouncing the word "philosophy" incorrectly during an old post-match interview. Seemingly, this was petty fans using it to punish him for his recent struggles in the team as it continues to look for consistency.
Regardless, Mbalula tweeted:
"Don't humiliate Ngezana nge English yobhubhanxa we not English people English is not our language. We speak it to enhance communication that's all."
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TimesLIVE translated this to:
“Don't humiliate Ngezana nge English yobhubhanxa (over a silly English mistake). We [are] not English people. English is not our language.”
Coach Arthur Zwane has commendably stood up to shield the under-fire Ngezana from his harsh critics, saying:
“This is football and football is meant to help players grow, and football is a game of mistakes. The only time we can protect any player, not only Siya, is to give them an opportunity to play. His performance will obviously convince our supporters as time goes on."
This comment came following Kaizer Chiefs' flat performance against Cape Town City, when the Amakhosi were thoroughly outplayed in a 2-0 loss at the DHL Cape Town Stadium. Unfortunately, Ngezana was patently at fault for both of City's goals.
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Video of Orlando Pirates fan trolling Kaizer Chiefs using Michael Jackson results in laughter
You can never fault South African football supporters' creativity in humour.
As reported by Sports Brief, a suspected Orlando Pirates fan has mocked Kaizer Chiefs' inconsistent start to life under new coach Arthur Zwane. It was reported that he remixed the late great Michael Jackson's eternal classic 'We Are The World' with lyrics making fun of the Amakhosi.