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Bafana not releasing stars

2011-05-11 16:00

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana will not be releasing any players from the 22-man squad, announced by coach Pitso Mosimane earlier in the week, for the international friendly against Tanzania on Saturday.

This means that Kaizer Chiefs' midfielders Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Siphiwe Tshabalala as well as goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune will be travelling to Dar-es-Salaam on Thursday as planned.

"They (players) are here," said Bafana media officer Matlhomola Morake. "The three players are in squad and they will be travelling to Tanzania."

On Tuesday, Chiefs' football manager Bobby Motaung asked for the trio to return to the club to eliminate the risk of injury ahead of their final league match - a potential title decider - against AmaZulu next week.

While Ajax Cape Town asked in advance for their players not be selected, Motaung should have raised his concerns before making the players available to Mosimane for selection.

With the fixture not falling during a FIFA international week, the club had the right not to release players.

"We requested the SA Football Association to return players because we have an important match next week," Motaung said in a statement on the side's website.

"Ajax have been granted this request, we hope that SAFA will also be fair to us and release the players."

The experienced trio are the backbone of both Chiefs and Bafana and will play a key role in a relatively inexperienced squad this weekend with Tshabalala set to debut as captain.

Motaung could not be reached for comment on whether he had now withdrawn his call for the players to not travel with the national team.

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Comments
  • Jonti - 2011-05-11 16:27

    what an absolute shambles... why doesn't this happen in other SA sports?

      crazydude - 2011-05-11 20:44

      It does happen to SA rugby. Remember Frans Steyn's issue between Racing Metro and SARU?

  • Reacher - 2011-05-11 16:36

    Talk about double standards - i guess Ajax have paid them off.... Pity....

      TheBrain - 2011-05-11 16:41

      I think this has more todo with the fact that Ajax followed the proper procedure and requested it in advance. Maybe you should rather be asking why it took Chiefs so long to request this.

      TheBrain - 2011-05-11 16:52

      I think this has more todo with the fact that Ajax followed the proper procedure and requested it in advance. Maybe you should rather be asking why it took Chiefs so long to request this.

      lenand40 - 2011-05-11 17:24

      Chiefs felt that they were contributing to Bafana by releasing the players. When it was made clear that Ajax refused to release their players, Chiefs considered their next move, which is only fair. Rob Moore of Ajax is the same man that destroyed McCarthy's international career. Chiefs is now the only team of those going for the league to have players going to Tanzania. You wonder how committed the players will be, when they will be busy trying to avoid injury. You also wonder what idiot decided to accept this fixture at a time when the local league was reaching such a stage

  • Mash - 2011-05-11 16:37

    ...yeah neh so this is it Pitso and his technical team can't find a replacement for the trio hmm yeah neh next Bobby don't just release the players this SAFA clowns are just in this admin to be clowns that's all one see...

  • TAXILA - 2011-05-11 16:37

    PITSO IS A; AJAX SUPORTER

      lenand40 - 2011-05-11 17:25

      Not Pitso's fault. Fault of SAFA in accepting this fixture a week before the end of the season. What were they expecting?

  • TUPAK - 2011-05-11 16:55

    ". While Ajax Cape Town asked in advance for their players not be selected, Motaung should have raised his concerns before making the players available to Mosimane for selection" THAT IS WHAT CHIEFS SHOULD HAVE DONE. POOR ADMINSTRATION. WHERE DO YOU EXPECT PITSO TO GET REPLACEMENT AFTER THEY HAVE REPORTED TO CAMP.

      lenand40 - 2011-05-11 17:26

      Why organise a fixture at this time of the PSL season?

      lungile Adams - 2011-05-11 19:50

      They were happy.... giving approval etc. They could have refused from the start

  • MKAM - 2011-05-11 16:59

    Just because Ajax asked for their players not to be included in the team this copy cats want to do the same. Ja ne... You should told SAFA the first time they told you they want the players. So unprofessional

      lenand40 - 2011-05-11 17:26

      It unprofessional to organise an international fixture at this time of the season.

      Patriot - 2011-05-13 07:27

      @lenand40 - I think its just idiotic to organise this friendly. All leagues are being wrapped up and now they expect players to leave their jobs and go play a friendly. Its like me telling my boss I need to go mow my lawn. I'll do his work some other time. This is part of the reason the fat Benni didn't want to play. Champions league vs Bafana friendly? I think 99% of players would choose the Champions League.

  • call a spade - 2011-05-11 17:32

    Stars ??? Which stars?? There are no stars in banana

      Patriot - 2011-05-13 07:24

      Steven Pienaar? Earns more than the whole Bulls team put together! Was on Chelsea's buy list? Guess you wouldn't know then.

  • TheSportsMan - 2011-05-11 17:51

    Some of your comments are more ridiculous than the article.

  • lungile Adams - 2011-05-11 19:47

    Vermezovic approval for Shabba captaincy (www.Kaizerchiefs.com) Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Siphiwe Tshabalala appointed on Monday by South African national team coach Pitso Mosimane to captain Bafana Bafana when they face Tanzania in a friendly International game at the national stadium in Dar Es Salam on Saturday, has been given a vote of confidence by his club coach at the Amakhosi Vladimir Vermezovic who believes that Shabba is the correct choice to captain the team. Shabba will join a list of iconic Chiefs figures the likes of Neil Tovey, Doctor Khumalo and Brian Baloyi to have had the honour of captaining Bafana Bafana, as he heads into his first full game as Bafana captain Chiefs and coach Vermezovic has come out and backed the appointment of the dreadlocked winger as skipper for the game.

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  • Maroga - 2011-05-13 10:20

    Motaung should have mada an advanced request as ajax did, I understand his point but I think by doing so he'll confuse our coach, He must accept that the trio must travel will the squad 4rm Joseph maroga

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