Coaches join the fight against xenophobia and gender-based violence

Premiership coaches Pitso Mosimane‚ Steve Komphela‚ Wedson Nyirenda and Cavin Johnson have joined forces with the South African Football Association to denounce xenophobia and gender-based violence.

The country is facing a crisis in the wake of several acts of discrimination and gender based violence, and Pitso Mosimane‚ Steve Komphela‚ Wedson Nyirenda and Cavin Johnson have joined a growing chorus of South Africans speaking out against such acts.

The PSL coaches - joined by the likes of Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki and Gauteng MEC for Sports, Mbali Hlophe - have denounced the recent events in the strongest possible terms.

Golden Arrows coach Komphela said: "Our message is loud and clear‚ that stop xenophobia and gender-based violence in our country.

"We are requesting each one of us and at whatever level to play their part. As coaches we are playing our part and we are not here to upstage anybody or we are not here to represent the authorities.

"We are here as coaches‚ brothers and fathers who live in communities and we work with players from around the continent."

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, meanwhile, echoed the sentiments of Komphela and highlighted the fact that he had never been subjected to any acts of xenophobia on his travels across the continent.

"When we travel on the continent‚ we are safe. We only fight on the pitch and that is what football is about‚" Mosimane explained.

"Once we have moved outside of the stadium‚ there is no one following us or throwing stones at us – we are always safe. Otherwise we could have reported those incidents to the authorities.

"I am in Morocco all the time attending a CAF course and people there are welcoming.

"I walk on the streets freely and there has never been a situation where there was violence or I was discriminated against."

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson added: "We are sending a message that violence has no place in our country and we must continue to live together with foreigners peacefully."