Manager slams Slovakia's top scorer, Ezekiel Henty, for complacency & gaining weight
Vladimir Weiss, head coach of Slovakian champions, Slovan Bratislava, has criticized Nigerian striker, Ezekiel Henty, for unprofessional eating habits which has seen him gain extra weight.
Weeks before his stinging comments, Weiss had praised Henty in October for a blistering run of form that saw him plunder 9 goals in that month alone.
"He has tremendous strength and dynamism, his quality is obvious. When he trains like this and approaches his responsibilities, he's an international-level player.
"This does not mean that others are not, but the quality, strength, speed or football art is above some others."
However, a month after this free flow of encomium, Weiss admits that the praises have done more harm than good to the 25-year-old.
Speaking after Slovan Bratislava's 2-0 win over Sered, the Slovakian said:
Vladimir Weiss criticized Henty for complacency and unhealthy eating habits
"Too much sugar sometimes hurts. He had a little bit with me, I don’t want to call it a privilege … I praised him a little bit, a little bit of the media and sometimes it has the opposite effect.
"He doesn’t do what I want him to do. I’m angry with him, he doesn’t have the required weight. He gained weight, lost speed and ferocity.
" He doesn’t have these attributes right now, he has to reduce weight. I told him to. Henty is different today."
The said weight gain appears to have had a regressive effect on his performances as Henty has managed just 1 goal since the turn of November, despite making six appearances in all competitions.
Despite this drop, Henty remains Nigeria's joint-second top scorer in top divisions this season with 9 goals, behind the very prolific Paul Onuachu of Genk who has 10. He is also Slovakia's top scorer this year.
The Nigerian will need to be on top form on Thursday when Bratislava visit Conference League Group F toppers, Kobenhaven, in the group final round.
To qualify, the Slovakian side will need to equal or better the result of Paok who play Lincoln Red Imps, a side that have lost all their group games this season.
So far this season, Lagos-born Ezekiel Henty has scored 15 goals and provided 3 assists in all competitions, a tally which has helped Bratislava to the top of the division, as they chase a fourth consecutive title.