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Jabu Mahlangu has condemned minister Zizi Kodwa’s actions towards Bafana Bafana. Images via X @bafanabafana, @jabumahlangu, @zizikodwa

‘Disrespectful’: Jabu Mahlangu blasts Zizi Kodwa’s Bafana Bafana changeroom ‘antics’

Former Orlando Pirates striker Jabu Mahlangu has condemned minister Zizi Kodwa’s actions following Bafana Bafana’s match.

Bafana Zizi Kodwa

Jabu Mahlangu has condemned minister Zizi Kodwa’s actions towards Bafana Bafana. Images via X @bafanabafana, @jabumahlangu, @zizikodwa

Former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs player Jabu Mahlangu, is one of the many South Africans who did not appreciate Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Zizi Kodwa’s dressing-room pep-talk after the national team’s loss to Mali at the 2023 AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast last week.

The boys had an unsavoury start to the tournament when they lost 2-0 to Mali. They have since made the country proud in their second match, on Sunday, 21 January, where they trounced Namibian in a 4-0 victory – thanks to a penalty by Percy Tau, Themba Zwane’s brace and a goal by Thapelo Maseko.

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However, it appears Mahlangu – formerly Pule – still had to get something off his chest regarding Kodwa’s address to the players after their defeat.

A video of the minister providing moral support and motivational upliftment to the Bafana Bafana players went viral last week.

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Speaking about the video, Mahlangu questioned Kodwa’s timing and said that it was a moment for the Bafana players to reflect about the match with coach Hugo Brooks.

“As a former player, after a defeat, no one has time to listen to what other people are saying. I doubt anyone heard what the minster said. We’d rather listen to our coach and nobody else,” Mahlangu said.

The football analyst added that it would have been palpable if Kodwa addressed the team at a later stage.

“He could have addressed them the following day, maybe at a hotel, and without the cameras. This thing of wanting videos to trend, I don’t know if we mean it or if we’re doing it for likes.

“I feel he disrespected the coach because whether we like it or not, whether we like the coach or not, but the dressing-room is the coach’s office,” Mahlangu explained.

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Following their win against Namibia, Bafana are now second in their group. They will now face Tunisia in their last pool game at the same venue on Wednesday, 24 January. If they do not lose, they should qualify for the Round of 16.

Bafana’s four-goal-win has also given their goal difference a boost. Should they lose to Tunisia on Wednesday, and Namibia draw against group leaders Mali, they could still qualify.