WATCH | TS Galaxy coach breaks silence on Thami Gabuza GBV incident

TS Galaxy coach Sead Ramovic has spoken out for the first time on the alleged gender-based violence (GBV) issue surrounding his striker Thamsanqa Gabuza on Thursday.

This after the fiery striker appeared at the Alexandra magistrate’s court last week for malicious damage to property. A police statement seen by Sunday World showed that his ex-girlfriend also accused him of allegedly trying to force himself on her.

Gabuza had pleaded poverty before he eventually paid the bail the court had set at R3 000. He is charged with damaging electronics valued at R50 000.

Gabuza was spotted in training ahead of Galazy’s Carling Black Label Knockout semi-final clash against AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Addressing the media at Sturrock Park training grounds at Wits University on Thursday, Ramovic said the 36-year-old has been conducting himself professionally since returning to training.

“Gabuza is a very fantastic human being; a fantastic player and he will be available for selection,” Ramovic told Sunday World.

“But we have a lot of fantastic players in our squad, and it will not be easy to get into the team or get selected for the game on Sunday.

“Even after what happened or happening as the case is still ongoing, Gabuza has been professional. I am happy to have him in our squad. I will obviously not treat him unfairly but with a lot of respect because he is an important figure for this club.”

No Excuse campaign

The entire Galaxy team and coaching staff gathered and were given an awareness talk by the “No Excuse” campaign managers – an initiative that aims at confronting social ills and recognise the international 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children.

Ramovic and his Rockets go up against an AmaZulu side that has already beaten them this season.

Galaxy booked their place in the last four of the knockout competition after going past Mamelodi Sundowns and Sekhukhune United on penalties in both fixtures.

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