AmaZulu FC have given clarity over the media reports that their veteran striker Siyabonga “Bhele” Nomvethe had a clash with the club coach Cavin Johnson.

According to an ex-employee, a rift between Nomvethe and Johnson exists and has led to some of the supporters running to his door allegedly because of the striker’s lack of game time.

The Durban based club called a media briefing on Wednesday to rubbish the rumours.

AmaZulu General Manager Lunga Sokhela during his address said, “Siyabonga Nomvethe’s role at this stage of his career is not limited to him being on the field of play, but it also lies in him guiding other players within the squad to possibly replicate his heroics.”

Nomvethe has also refuted the reports saying, “I’m very much surprised in all these reports because for over 22 years that I have played football I’ve always been respectful of my club, coaches and teammates. I am a family man and I don’t follow what is being said on newspapers, so, now even all of my teammates are surprised. I’d like to put on record that I’m not in any way against the coach and the technical staff and the club.”

The coach has also described the rumours as intended to cause a split in his team.

“As a coach, there are always two sides of the story. We are building and we’re building big. There’s always people when you climb a mountain, there’s always someone looking to pull you down,” says Johnson.

Sokhela is pleading with supporters to rally behind unifying Usuthu.