Monday, January 18, 2021

Off-form Zhikale faces harsh criticism

The name Boitshoko ‘Bayi’ Zikhale used to strike fear amongst the opposition while he was still with Uniao Flamengo Santos.

It was at the youthful Gabane side that Zikhale rose to prominence and attracted interest from other clubs. When he left a club where he spent five years to join Extension Gunners in July last year on a two year contract, a lot was expected from him.

Sadly, the speedy forward has failed to impress, much to the disappointment of the club. Since he arrived at Peleng giants, Zikhale has scored only eight goals to date. In most of the games, he has even missed clear cut chances that could have benefited his side if they were converted. Gunners’ supporters have run out of patience and wondered why he was signed in the first place.

According to reliable sources, it is Zikhale’s off the field behaviour which has hampered his progress at the club.

“He is always in the company of the wrong people. We’ve tried to warn him about the people he associates with but he’s not listening. The supporters are losing patience and he needs to put his act together,” said a source. When contacted for comment on Friday, Zikhale admitted that he has failed to raise the bar since arriving in Lobatse. He added that he is working hard to improve his fortunes.

“I’m confident that very soon I’ll start banging the goals. I admit that since arriving here there have been few distractions on my side but I’m working on them. I would like to apologise to the supporters for not living up to their expectations,” said Zikhale.

In the Coca-Cola Cup, Zikhale is still to find the back of the net. Gunners’ interim coach Nelson Olebile said that technical team is equally concerned about Zikhale’s poor form this season.

He pointed out that when he was brought to Gunners, they expected him to help in scoring goals, which he has failed to do.

“That (failure to deliver) does not make him a bad player. The boy had off the field problems which he has told us about and we’ve tried to address them. It is up to Zikhale to focus on the field because football is his career,” added Olebile.

Meanwhile, Olebile has cleared his differences with captain Ofentse Mmipi who was chased from their training session the previous week. Mmipi is alleged to have defied the technical team’s instructions and even told them to f*** off.

Surprisingly, Mmipi led the team against Miscellaneous on May 1 though they have vowed that he will not be allowed to return to training unless he apologises.

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