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Khumalo visits Bafana camp

2012-05-23 14:15

Rustenburg - Doctor Khumalo made an unexpected appearance at the Bafana Bafana training camp in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

Khumalo, interim coach of Kaizer Chiefs before Stuart Baxter took over the reins for next season, held talks with national coach Pitso Mosimane regarding Chiefs players turning out for the national side.

“We felt at Kaizer Chiefs we have to have a relationship between ourselves and the national team in terms of the programme for our boys,” Khumalo said.

“We had an informal meeting, myself and Pitso, regarding [Chiefs] players that have been selected for Bafana Bafana.”

Khumalo said Amakhosi players, who make up a large portion of the national squad along with Orlando Pirates, would need careful management to avoid exhaustion from a long season.

"Our season starts very early and we need to have relations in terms of how we are going to work together with the players that have been selected," he said.

“They really need the players, and we really need the players.

"If there's no relationship, the guys that are going to suffer are the players and the game itself.”

Khumalo hinted that his club would like to avoid future friction with Bafana after players had not been readily released in the past.

“It [the meeting] was overdue because if we don't have these kinds of exercises we are not helping the country at all," Khumalo said.

"We actually dig a hole for ourselves because players will be exhausted.

"They might not perform for the club and they probably won't be in good enough condition to perform for the national team.”

Earlier, Chiefs striker Lehlohonolo Majoro joined the Bafana squad in place of Eleazar Rodgers.

Majoro linked up with the squad on Wednesday after Rodgers was released for National First Division playoff duty with club side Santos.

Majoro joins the likes of Bafana veteran Siyabonga Nomvethe in order to beef up the strike force ahead of 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and Botswana in June.

Nomvethe, 34, said he was eager to return to the international stage after an absence of nearly two years.

“I have confidence on my side and I say we can do it,” Nomvethe said.

“We must not give up. We've got good, young, quality players here and they are expecting to do well too. The team will do well.”

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Comments
  • bashandumo - 2012-05-23 14:32

    It's for the benefit of soccer and united we stand...

  • Cosmas - 2012-05-23 14:37

    y ddnt he speak with pitso on the 4n or b4 the camp, is ther any need 4 him to actually go to th training ground...aghh, sm pple!

      goodman.segage - 2012-05-23 14:54

      @Cosmas-cosmos. I relegate you from the forum just Cosmos. You are not going for neither play offs nor NFD, but straight vodacom league.

  • Konapi - 2012-05-23 15:11

    I was expecting Benni to replace Rodgers but I forget that there is a friction between him & Pitso. I dont meant to undermine Majoro or any striker but Benni deserve a call up really.

      goodman.segage - 2012-05-23 17:27

      @Konapi, not that there's a friction with Mr Pitso: Mr Bennie made clown of the national team when they needed him most. He's a good player, but what a brother back then was disrespect and crude. Respect and discipline towards coachers should be restored. Majoro deserves it for now, hence his record at discipline level is still good. As for Bennie, you reap what you saw. Good luck National team...

      izinyane.jili - 2012-05-24 15:00

      Benni is a good player,but he doesn't like his home country and ill-disciplined player. I also wanted him to be selected to the national team,but the way he commented about Mooneeb Joseph's withdrawal from the national team,shows that he ndoesn't care about us as a nation.

  • Anele - 2012-05-23 16:59

    As national coach Pit So know exactly about dat nurse khumalo,I thot u went to da training to encourage the boys,infact the is no story here,tomorrow I'm also goin to the training plz news24 be there to report I waz there too

  • solly.japy - 2012-05-23 19:30

    what does this dr want nw?since this chiefs gig,he now thinks that he is morinho.sit down please,anyway why dnt we hear of khuse making this stupid stunt.

  • Vusi - 2012-05-24 17:57

    Doctor is starting to speak and act like a Coach, good move, people management in action. This is the kind of leadership needed at Chiefs. Rise Khosi Rise!!!

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