Coach apologises for outburst

2010-10-17 13:51

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs' coach Vladimir Vermezovic has apologised to a daily newspaper for storming out of a press conference because he thought he had been misquoted.

"I made a mistake because I was given the wrong information," Vermezovic said after his team played to a goalless draw against Platinum Stars at Rand Stadium.

"I did not check, and I must take this opportunity to apologise to the Daily Sun. I was wrong."

In an article published on Tuesday, the Daily Sun quoted Vermezovic as saying Kaizer Motaung Jr had not been playing in competitive matches "because other strikers are better than him".

"Motaung is not injured. He is fine, but I have better strikers," he told the newspaper.

It pointed out that although Motaung jun. - the son of Kaizer Chiefs' founder Kaizer Motaung - captained his side in the Macufe Cup in the Free State, he had not played in Chiefs' three opening league matches, or its MTN8 Cup matches.

Vermezovic was under the misapprehension that the newspaper had quoted him as saying he was a better player than Motaung Jr.

"This situation could cause a division between me and the players and I will not allow this to happen again," Vermezovic said at the press conference at the Kaizer Chiefs Media Day in Naturena on Thursday.

"I never said what I was reported to have said about Kaizer Jr In future I will not talk to the media," he said.

He then stood up and stormed out without answering a single question, leaving even the club's media officers stunned.

However, it turns out that the Serbian coach had not read the article.

He apologised after discovering that he had not been misquoted at all.

"Every word they wrote was my word, but I was given the wrong information that they had said I was better than one of my players," he said.

Vermezovic refused to apologise to the rest of the media at Thursday's conference.

"I apologise to the Daily Sun, but only to the Daily Sun," he said.


  • JB - 2010-10-17 16:29

    This is the results of club managers who hire European coaches and also making it difficult for players to understand them on language barrier.Let us hire our home brewed coaches;all these wrong misinterpretaton will vanish.

  • libero - 2010-10-17 20:16

    recklessness on the part of the coach

  • libero - 2010-10-17 20:22

    recklessness on the part of the coach

  • LETONA - 2010-10-17 20:41

    Vladmir must have a sports man spirit,otherwise he will be destroyed.He must just be careful of what he is saying about his players especialy in public.He must have room for both the media and players,he is there for them and visa versa.As a football lover and a Bakashushu,i think Vladmir's experience will take Chiefs somewhere.He must just control his temper or else let Pitso give him lessons concerning TEMPER.

  • Matabo Letsoalo - 2010-10-18 06:52

    Over-reaction based on rumours. I think he frustrates by his team's current form. He should just calm down a nd understand that you can't always be on top.

  • Musa Ngubane - 2010-10-18 13:26

    The coach has apologised. He was man enough to admit he was wrong. Why all this noise? I know big coaches who make mistakes, but are too big to apologise. Let's close this chapter,

  • morema - 2010-10-18 18:30

    just like mato madladla saying her players are uneducated, now v v is says he is better than one of his players. modimo ba swarele ka gore ga ba tsebe se ba sedirang.

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