Johannesburg - A report claims that Chippa United are upset at the training
methods being employed by the national team after defender Diamond Thopola
picked up an injury.
The Bafana Bafana team were in action last week and the week
before in friendly international matches against Guinea-Bissau and Angola.
Subsequently, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane hit out
at interim Bafana coach Owen Da Gama for the perceived overuse of left-back
Lebogo Langerman, as well as rigorous training ground routines which apparently
left some of Sundowns' other national team players overworked and fatigued.
Now, according to the Soccer Laduma website, a source at
Chippa United says their club is also less-than-pleased at what goes on at the
national team training ground after Diamond Thopola returned from the national
camp carrying an injury.
The 27-year-old did not feature in the Chilli Boys' 4-1 loss
to Cape Town City on Monday.
"Thopola has been called up to Bafana four times now.
He came back injured from the recent camp," stated the source.
"It's something that has got to do with the training
they get at Bafana. As the club, we are considering to refuse to release him
when he is called up.
"He was not in the team for [Monday's] game. It happens
all the time. I fully understand and agree with Pitso's stance.
"We are also angry. This thing has to be addressed
soon. Drastic measures have to be taken soon. We are unhappy."