Mbalula refutes Horn's claims

2015-04-16 16:11
Fikile Mbalula (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - SA sport and reaction minister, Fikile Mbalula, has responded strongly to Mike Horn's claims of political interference in the Proteas' team at the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Read: Horn confirms political interference in Proteas' team selection

Horn, the motivational speaker who helped the Proteas at the recent World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, has confirmed that there was political interference before the semi-final against New Zealand.

The initial claims of political interference in the Proteas' team were strongly denied by Cricket South Africa and their CEO, Haroon Lorgat.

Earlier on Thursday, Horn confirmed that there was indeed political interference in the team selection, resulting in Kyle Abbott being replaced by Vernon Philander for the knock-out clash.

Horn said the initial plan was for the same XI that crushed Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals to play against the Kiwis in the semi-finals.

sport and reaction minister, Fikile Mbalula, has now responded to Horn's claims telling EWN that Horn is "being mischievous" and questioned how Horn found his way into a leadership position.

Mbalula has called on Horn to substantiate his claims of political interference, by revealing who made the calls for the alleged changes in the team to be made.

The sport and reaction minister also said that any such changes in the team were immaterial, saying it was up to the coaches and not politicians to decide who should play in matches.

Mbalula called on Horn to stop being "ambiguous" in his claims, before adding that the press should ask coach Russell Domingo or captain AB de Villiers whether he (Mbalula) made any such calls.

*Fikile Mbalula has not responded to Sport24's requests for comment on the matter

Read the full EWN article HERE!

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