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Chiefs recall Bafana stars

2011-05-11 08:54

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana's preparations for Saturday's international friendly against Tanzania were thrown into disarray after Kaizer Chiefs recalled their three players, reports the Sowetan.

The trio are Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Itumeleng Khune and Siphiwe Tshabalala, who was named captain of the team by coach Pitso Mosimane on Monday.

Chiefs were irked by the fact that Ajax Cape Town refused to release their players as the Urban Warriors wanted them to be part of the preparations for their crunch final Absa Premiership match of the season against Maritzburg United.

Ajax must win against Maritzburg United in the Mother City on May 21 to be crowned the 2010-11 Premiership championships.

Chiefs general manager Bobby Motaung said on Tuesday: "We are also in the running for the league.

"If all the clubs in the league support Bafana Bafana, let us do it fairly. We have requested SAFA to return our players.

"We want the players to be part of the preparations for the game against AmaZulu on May 21. Every team challenging for the league, fighting hard to finish inside the top-eight bracket or avoid relegation, is faced with the same pressure.

"It is for that reason that we have decided to recall our players and I want to reiterate that we are 110 percent behind Pitso and the team to do well in Tanzania."

Speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg when he announced the squad on Monday, Mosimane said he wanted to include three Ajax players in the Tanzania-bound team but left them out after the Cape club refused to release them.

The three players Mosimane tried in vain to recruit from Ajax were Thulani Serero, Thulani Hlatshwayo and George Maluleke.

Mosimane could not act against Ajax because the friendly does not fall under the Fifa calendar.

SAFA communications director Morio Sanyane said on Tuesday: "All I can tell you is that we are in discussions with Chiefs on the matter."

Motaung added: "We do understand Orlando Pirates's situation because they are playing a Nedbank Cup semi-final against Mpumalanga Black Aces on Saturday night".

Sport24

Comments
  • Whistleblower - 2011-05-11 09:10

    Hey SAFA, I have an idea on the new for the team … Calamity Fana

  • vambozha mutemi - 2011-05-11 09:17

    Thats right Bobby we definately on the run for the league...Pitso can take players from Pirates and Downs coz i dont think the league is at their doors. Amakhosi for life

      GreatWhiteBear - 2011-05-11 12:50

      @Reacher: that is a racist slur, if i've ever heard one. Still made me laugh though. mutemi- check the log lad, and yes, i'm also a chiefs fan.

      mpho30 - 2011-05-11 16:35

      Just like the Nedbank cup was not at your doors? hahahahaha Baroca FC!!!!!!! hahahahahaha

  • vuyiwe manana - 2011-05-11 10:09

    you guys are the best and i'm talking about chiefs. you the best guys

  • revolution - 2011-05-11 10:22

    this is emabarrassment of the highest magnitude for the nation

  • lenand40 - 2011-05-11 10:24

    Why have a Bafana match a week before the end of the season? Whose bright idea was it?

  • kolobe - 2011-05-11 10:34

    immature

  • Mzansisoka - 2011-05-11 10:40

    SAFA have themselves to blame. Who would want to risk his players against Tanzania in Tanzania anyway? I would've done the same with my players as well. SAFA and Pitso Mosimane shoud get on with a program, No FIFA date, no international friendly. Its a waste of time. The opposition is not appealing as well. Pitso and SAFA just want to play weaker opposition so that they can keep on winning and that is doing our ball no justice. All these teams should recall their players from the sqad - its not worth it. Players are a very expensive "entity" and to just let them go get injured in Tanzania is not worth it. SAFA should just cancel that game and arrange a proper game on a FIFA date!!!

  • Ismail - 2011-05-11 10:42

    "I dont' think the league is at their doors".Use your brain.. what position is Chiefs holding on the log?and how many point is chief behind Pirates?Your day dreamer like DA taking JHB and Tshwane municipality.

      KissTheBoer - 2011-05-11 11:00

      Ismail it seems like maths was not your strong subject, chiefs are 1 point behind pirates if pirate is running for the league so do chiefs since both teams are hoping ajax loose their last game.

      alfredletlapa.sd - 2011-05-11 12:56

      number 3 on the log and only 1 point behind pirates.whats ur story

      lenand40 - 2011-05-11 14:19

      Chiefs are 3 points behind Ajax, with a superior goal difference and 1 point behind Pirates. A loss by Ajax, draw by Pirates and win by Chiefs would result in Chiefs winning the league. An Ajax win means they win the league regardless of what happens elsewhere.

  • Bernnitto - 2011-05-11 11:17

    The fact that Ajax has been granted their request means that SAFA agrees that this Game against Tanzania should be played by Nvela Leugue players, the final PSL Weekend is important to all the PSL teams plus Ajax is not the first team to have to chase a PSL Troffie.

  • wanda - 2011-05-11 11:49

    it is clear to every one of us that chief will take the league due to the fact that the same team that swallowed sundowns 3-0 will face Ajax & we know 6-0 can be posible to ajax the've expirienced that before in cup final 2.aghh!! shame pirates will only get 1-0 lose then we (chiefs!) go on top viva chiefs viva ahahahaha!!!

      lenand40 - 2011-05-11 14:24

      What's clear to everyone is that you have no clue what you are on about. Maritzburg were playing at home and had something to play for (avoid relegation play-off). Cape Town is a different proposition. Also, the game is not played on paper but on the field. Yes, AJAX maybe feeling the pressure and may lack an experienced infield player to calm their nerves, but Pirates and Chiefs are in the same boat. This is not a Cup Final, anyway

  • Tumi Bopape - 2011-05-11 13:00

    Let's look @ it this way,one door closes the other one opens. Let's call upon other players to give them an opportunity to market themselves. SAFA don't cry over spilt milk, we have undiscovered talent in abundance,let's give others a chance. I really don't blame Bobby this time around,if Ajax can do it & get away with it,then He's well within his rights to do it as well.

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