'Sangweni not fit to play'

2010-08-31 08:31

Johannesburg - Golden Arrows boss Zoran Filipovic says defender Siyabonga Sangweni isn't fit enough to play for Bafana Bafana.

Sangweni has refused to train with Arrows for the past two weeks as he shows his discontent with Arrows' decision not to sell him to PSL glamour club Kaizer Chiefs.

But while Bafana boss Pitso Mosimane defended his decision to select the 29-year-old for his squad to face Niger in a 2012 African Nations Cup qualifier on Saturday, the Abafana Bes'thende mentor feels the player isn't ready.

"I'm worried about his fitness level because he has not trained for many days. I don't know why he is in the Bafana Bafana team," he told the Daily Dispatch.

"This guy needs more physical training before he could play. I agree with his call up only in the interest of Bafana Bafana.

"I didn't want to put Sangweni in this game because he has just come back to training. His physical side is not right and he still needs to train very hard."

However, Filipovic admitted that he was delighted to still have a player of Sangweni's calibre on Arrows' books.

"He is an experienced player, who I will use in our next game, but his physical progression should be perfect. I'm happy now that he is back and it will really be very good to play him." 


  • Joe - 2010-08-31 09:19

    Sell him to a Vodacom league side.. that will teach him a lesson! No work no pay rule must apply

  • RL - 2010-08-31 09:38

    pitso is a total jack for dropping champions league player bevan fransman from the squad ... the attitude in this country that only "black players" belong in the national team is really sad, we desperately need transformation in bafana. it is time we start choosing players on merit and not on the reputation of their clubs. kick back the kick backs ...

  • Clemza - 2010-08-31 10:37

    Manto Madlala should be smiling as she will be responsible for the destruction of Siyabonga's talent. She is very good at it. If the rumours of 5million price tag for Sangweni are true, then Chiefs is better off without him. She must give him to his "friend" and colleague Irvin Khoza for mahala.

  • Rodney - 2010-08-31 11:54

    The player wantys to go to Chiefs and it's nice playing with pride and pasion, so Madlala should have released him because the palyer needs more competition especially for a big TEAM.

  • Tshepiso - 2010-08-31 13:15

    Why do we always have problems signing any player in the PSL who has a contract MxM

  • @RL - 2010-08-31 13:40

    So, the non-selection of Bevan Fransman is enough to get you shooting your mouth? How many other black deserving players have been dropped because they do not fit the structure? Just because you find yourself in the Champion's League does not make you superior. Many of our soccer players in South Africa are bench warmers in Europe.

  • RL - 2010-08-31 16:06

    yes playing in the champions league does make you a "superior" player as you put it, just by simple logic. it is a faster, more skilful and physical league played by the best clubs in europe, arguably the world, comprised of players from all over the world, including africa's finest talents. tsuperior is perhaps the incorrect term however because of the exposure and game time this player has developed skills of international standards and how you drop him without him even getting on the pitch is beyond me especially for a defender who hasn't trained for two weeks. dont allow your dim utterances to betray your good intentions chap ...

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