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Zulu-speaking South African coach creates controversy in Afcon

South Africa football head coach Ephraim Mashaba courted controversy on Monday by refusing to answer questions in any other language other than his native Zulu as a mark of protest against the treatment meted out to his country’s journalists by Algeria. Algeria earlier conducted a press conference in Arabic and French, leaving the English-speaking South African journalists helpless ahead of their country’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) match later Monday.

Algerian captain Madjid Bougherra, during the press meet, spoke in Arabic without a translator and the assembled journalists had difficulty deciphering what he said. Taking a cue from them, Mashaba refused to speak in English and replied to questions only in Zulu. “This is the Africa Cup of Nations and I speak the language I understand,” Mashaba was quoted as saying by on Monday.
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