Schalk­wyk feels Bobby’s ab­sence will hurt Chiefs

Boss sus­pended over party videos

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Sihle Nde­bele

For­mer Kaizer Chiefs for­ward Gert Schalk­wyk is of the view that the club’s de­ci­sion to sus­pend foot­ball man­ager Bobby Mo­taung could be detri­men­tal to their ti­tle run-in.

Three days ago, Chiefs dropped a bomb­shell, an­nounc­ing they’d sus­pended Bobby after the foot­ball man­ager ap­peared in a se­ries of videos of him al­legedly par­ty­ing dur­ing the na­tional lock­down last week.

His sus­pen­sion means he won’t be go­ing into the bi­o­log­i­cally safe en­vi­ron­ment (BSE) to com­plete the coro­n­avirus-rav­aged cam­paign.

The flam­boy­ant boss who nor­mally goes down to the pitch from the VIP suites after al­most ev­ery match to be with play­ers, will miss the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate with the club on the ground, should they hold onto their top spot un­til the end of the sea­son.

The re­tired Schalk­wyk, who spent five years at Na­turena be­tween 2004 and 2009, feels Bobby’s ab­sence could come back to haunt Chiefs in the fi­nal stretch of the sea­son.

“His sus­pen­sion can af­fect the team. Bobby is a very good guy. He knows how to talk to the play­ers, he en­cour­ages the play­ers,” Schalk­wyk told Sowe­tan yes­ter­day.

“I feel his ab­sence can have a neg­a­tive im­pact. If you [are] close to some­one, when he’s not there you feel hap­less. To be hon­est, I think Bobby is needed for th­ese re­main­ing games.”

The 38-year-old for­mer Amakhosi marks­man in­sisted Bobby should not be judged by his life away from the beau­ti­ful game, un­der­lin­ing his im­por­tance to the play­ers.

“De­spite those videos, they need him. That’s out­side life. You can’t judge him by those videos. The job he’s been do­ing is amaz­ing,” said Schalk­wyk.

“If you need some­thing, you can al­ways go to Bobby. He’s like a fa­ther or brother to Chiefs play­ers.

“Any prob­lem that you have, you are able to talk to him about it.”

/ LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES

Chiefs gen­eral man­ager Bobby Mo­taung.

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