HIGHLANDERS attacking midfielder Charles Sibanda has apologised to the club’s fans and sponsors following his behaviour against Chicken Inn two weeks ago when he walked out on the team after being substituted in a Premier Soccer League match.
Highlanders lost 1-0 to Chicken Inn on the day.
Sibanda was substituted in the 53rd minute of the match, but instead of going to sit on the bench, he headed straight to the dressing rooms, changed and went to sit on the terraces.
Angry Highlanders fans nearly manhandled him, but he was rescued by the police and marshalled back to the team’s bench, amid allegations that the player was intoxicated during the match.
During a Press conference in Bulawayo yesterday Sibanda said: “I would like to apologise to the fans, my teammates and our sponsors because my behaviour was not right.
“My behaviour could have caused violence on the day, so I would like to apologise and move on with my career.”
Bosso chief executive Ndumiso Gumede, speaking during the same Press briefing, said they did no want to jeopardise the
player’s career and had accepted his apology.
“We accepted his apology because not only him apologised, but his parents also came to us and apologised on his behalf.
“If we suspend him, it will ruin his career and his chances of winning the Golden Boot Award,” Gumede said.
The team’s technical director Cosmas Zulu also appealed to the Bosso fans for patience.
“I am appealing to the Highlanders fans and anyone associated with us to be patient with the team,” Zulu said.
Highlanders face Chiredzi on Monday at Hartsfield as they seek to reverse their faltering fortunes after failing to win a league match in the last five games. They lie in seventh place with 39 points and need a point from their remaining three matches to avoid relegation.
Next week, they travel to relegation threatened Shabanie Mine at Maglas before hosting Chapungu on the last day of the season at Hartsfield.