Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates forward Gert Schalkwyk feels that the club’s decision to suspend football manager Bobby Motaung will hurt them in their title race.
The Absa Premiership log leaders announced Bobby’s suspension a day after he was seen in a series of videos where he was allegedly partying during the national lockdown last week.
His suspension means he won’t be going into the biologically safe environment (BSE) when the league resume until investigations regarding the matter are done and he is on the clear, with Schalkwyk insisting that his absence could come back to haunt the Glamour Boys 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 SowetanLive.
“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 retired striker, who spent five years at Naturena between 2004 and 2009, pleaded that the football manager should not be judged by his life away from the beautiful game while he underlined 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.”