Absa Premiership coaches came out to address the media at an emergency press conference to call for the end of xenophobia attacks.
Pitso Mosimane, Steve Komphela were among several other coaches and legends as they came together in Johannesburg today. The coaches met in response to the continued violent attacks that South Africans have launched on foreigners this week.
The address also included the condemning of another issue that has hit Mzansi this week: sexual and violent assaults on women.
“We are requesting each one of us and at whatever level to play their part. As coaches, we are playing our part and we are not here to upstage anybody or we are not here to represent the authorities.”
“We are here as coaches‚ brothers and fathers who live in communities and we work with players from around the continent.”
Sundowns coach Mosimane said that his club has for several years traveled the length and breadth of Africa, and have never experienced any xenophobic hostility.
“When we travel on the continent‚ we are safe. We only fight on the pitch and that is what football is about‚” Mosimane said.
“Once we have moved outside of the stadium‚ there is no one following us or throwing stones at us – we are always safe. Otherwise, we could have reported those incidents to the authorities.”
“I am in Morocco all the time attending a Caf course and people there are welcoming. I walk on the streets freely and there has never been a situation where there was violence or I was discriminated against,” added the former Bafana Bafana coach.
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