Igesund wants to keep duo fit
Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund
says he plans to keep Tokelo
Rantie and May Mahlangu
active now that their season in Sweden is over.
Malmo striker Rantie and Helsingborgs midfielder Mahlangu will
have no competitive football in the two months leading up to the 2013
Africa Cup of Nations after the Swedish season came to an end earlier
Igesund needs both players to remain active though, especially
Rantie, who is seen as the striker who could get Bafana the goals in the
South Africa spectacular next year.
"I have spoken to their clubs and what I want to try to do with
Tokelo and May is to try to arrange with their clubs overseas to allow
those players to train with the clubs over here for a month and a half
just to stay active," Igesund told Football411.
"May is not part of the squad to play Zambia, because I want to
look at other players but he could be considered still for future
However, the 56-year-old tactician admits it is easier said than done.
"There are a lot of issues involving this so, for example, if a
player trains with a PSL club and he breaks his leg, who's going to be
responsible for it? So there are a lot of loopholes that we need to fix
up, but we have thought about it," the former Moroka Swallows coach
"The players need to stay active. If I could, I would work with
them everyday but the ideal situation will be a training situation.
Nothing has been concluded in terms of putting them in a club here,
because there are repercussions because we need to get permission.
"Say Rantie comes here and trains with Pirates, but breaks his
leg then his club (Malmo) will say, 'Hang on a second, who's going to
pay us out now?' So we have to go through the proper channels but we are
on top of it," Igesund concluded.
Rantie will line-up for Bafana against Zambia on Wednesday in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at FNB Stadium.