Ex-Sundowns star Bongani Zungu releases statement over Rhulani Mokwena Orlando Pirates tweet furore
Posted: 7 November 2018 Time: 13:17
Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu insists he meant no offence when he suggested Rhulani Mokwena is the driving force behind Orlando Pirates' resurgence.
After the Sea Robbers beat Polokwane City 2-1 last night to go top of the log, Zungu caused a stir on Twitter by claiming Bucs assistant coach Mokwena was ‘making Pirates a top team again’.
He also indicated Mokwena, who traded Sundowns for Pirates at the beginning of last term, was pulling the strings when the Brazilians achieved a great deal of success under Pitso Mosimane.
Cape Town City mentor Benni McCarthy were among those to slam the Bafana Bafana international for being disrespectful to Mosimane and Buccaneers head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic.
Zungu, who now plays his football in France for Amiens, has since released a statement, which reads: "I believe it is only appropriate that I address how my previous tweet, which I have since deleted, and some of the comments were received. It is something that I mentioned that at the moment, my comments were merely meant to show support, not only towards coach Rhulani but moreover towards a club I grew up supporting and wanted to share my excitement in their recent results.
"But I do understand why they were misinterpreted and would like to assure you that was not my intention. I would like to apologise to all those who found them offensive. And as I said, my intention was not to undermine the immense contribution that coach Micho and the rest of the staff have made towards the club's recent (sic).
"Regardless I am aware of why they could be interpreted as insensitive and again sincerely apologise to those who found them offensive and disrespectful."