Phiri explains why Sibisi was fined


Sibisi was hit in his pocket for allegedly taking a penalty which he was not suppose to take during their Nedbank Cup fixture against Platinum Stars recently.

“My relationship with Diyo has always been good. It is just that I was mad when he took a penalty during the game against Platinum Stars. We had practiced taking penalties prior to the game against Platinum Stars and Diyo was not part of the group that was selected to take penalties during the game, based on performances at our penalty-taking practice sessions.

“He was fined for taking the penalty, not for missing it. My agreement with the management was that the player be fined R1 000 for misconduct. This is a normal rule around the world where players are fined for misconduct.

“The relationship between Sibisi and I is not sour and I look forward to working with him in the future. In fact, he is one of the players that I wish to see playing regularly for Bafana Bafana, so I advise and encourage him lot at training.”

On Ea Lla Koto’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of Supersport United recently, Phiri says his team has fully recovered from the loss and are set to continue their good performance in the league this season.

“When we win, we win as a team. When we lose, we lose as a team. I don’t blame anybody for the defeat against Supersport; it was just not our day.

“We have worked hard at training to rectify the mistakes that we made and I am confident that my boys will bounce back in our next game.”