Seema, Nkulu in bust-up

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi

Tsiane Bantu pres­i­dent Leuta John Leuta says Sun­day’s bust-up be­tween star mid­fielder Nzenze Nkulu and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Lehlo­honolo Seema was “noth­ing per­sonal” but a dis­agree­ment that hap­pens “in the heat of the mo­ment”.

Nkulu and Seema had a heated ex­change dur­ing the week­end match against Likhopo at Set­soto Sta­dium af­ter the Con­golese play­maker, who was one of the sub­sti­tutes, was about to be in­tro­duced into the match. How­ever, the mid­fielder was even­tu­ally not sent in fol­low­ing the ar­gu­ment, which Leuta played down but still con­demned as un­ac­cept­able. Bantu won the match 1-0.

“Yes, some­thing like that hap­pened and it is not good at all be­cause both the player and Seema are pro­fes­sion­als. They should have acted as such and that be­hav­iour was un­called for,” Leuta said this week.

“What hap­pened is Nzenze was sup­posed to come in be­cause Likhopo were putting too much pres­sure on us.

“But when he was sup­posed to go onto the pitch, it was only then that he started look­ing for his shin-pads.

“He was also tak­ing his time as if he didn’t want to play. That’s what made all of us fu­ri­ous, not only Seema, be­cause we have been talk­ing to th­ese play­ers about such be­hav­ior and telling them that they should be ready to come into the match at short no­tice.”

Leuta said he had talked with Seema who had since apol­o­gised for the in­ci­dent while the tech­ni­cal team also had a chat with Nkulu.

“Seema was right to be fu­ri­ous but he went about it the wrong way. I spoke with him and told him he could have ad­dressed the is­sue in a more ma­ture way than that and he apol­o­gised.

“The tech­ni­cal team also spoke with nzenze be­cause that is not how we are ex­pect­ing our play­ers to be­have. The most an­noy­ing thing is we have dis­cussed such is­sues with our play­ers be­fore.

“When they are there on the bench, they must al­ways be ready be­cause they also form part of the team that is on the pitch,” he said.

“This is why we have been los­ing some of our matches be­cause our play­ers don’t be­have the way they are ex­pected to con­duct them­selves.

“We are try­ing to be pro­fes­sional here; I know it is go­ing to take time for them to ad­just but we will get there.”

Leuta said Nkulu was a very valu­able mem­ber of Bantu.

“Let me tell you, Nzenze is one of Seema’s favourite play­ers and I think that is why he even over­re­acted to that be­hav­ior be­cause at that time, the team was un­der pres­sure and we re­ally needed him.

“But there he was, be­hav­ing as if he did not want to play, hence Seema’s re­ac­tion,” said Leuta.

Ac­cord­ing to Leuta, ev­ery Bantu player is treated the same.

“We see all our play­ers as equal and none of them will get spe­cial treat­ment. That is why we needed to make an ex­am­ple on Sun­day. We had to go with the play­ers who were will­ing to play,”leuta said.

asked if it was true that there was fac­tional fight­ing at Bantu among the man­age­ment and play­ers, Leuta said this was not the case.

“There are no two camps here. Th­ese are just lies be­ing spread by some of our for­mer coaches who just want to tar­nish our im­age as a club,” he said.

at­tempts to get Nkulu’s com­ment and Seema’s side of the story were un­suc­cess­ful.

Bantu for­ward nzenze nkulu Bantu tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Lehlo­honolo Seema

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