Johannesburg - Shakes Mashaba has challenged the PSL to "stand in front of me and
say I'm lying" following allegations the South Africa Under-23 coach
did not submit and Under-23 programme to the league.
'Baby Bafana' left for the two upcoming friendlies in Algeria on
Wednesday with only 16 players following mass confusion between the PSL
and the South African Football Association.
PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza said the situation could have been
avoided had Mashaba forwarded his programme to the league for their
consideration in advance, but Mashaba is having none of it, stating
Khoza's claims are "lies".
"I can't tell lies that I gave them the programme when I didn't - I wouldn't have done that," Mashaba told Football365.co.za.
"I asked (the PSL) to please notify the chairman he must stop
going on with this thing because it is going to cause problems. He must
go into his organisation and find out how far has this (programme
discussion) has gone, but nothing was done. I was shocked when I was
listening to the chairman on Wednesday morning on Lesedi FM and he was
insisting, stamping his foot on the ground, saying I haven't submitted a
plan to the PSL.
"But I'm not going to make this a personal issue and from where
I'm sitting, my conscious is clear. My worry is, I would have expected
that the chairman of the PSL would call me and give me an opportunity to
go sit with him to talk about this issue instead of going public like
that. I'm worried," Mashaba added.
"It started with the Under-20s in 1997, through to my days with
Bafana Bafana and now it is happening again. Help me people. It has
always been me and the chairman and someone in the street will think
there is something we are fighting over, but it is not personal.
However, to come out blatantly and say I didn't submit a plan when I did
that, that alone is not right. That means I'm a liar.
"What I'm saying is I'm not a liar. I did submit a plan. I want
the three gentlemen who were representing the PSL in a meeting that we
had with them when I submitted my plan to come out and say I'm lying. I
want Jonathan and Ronnie Schloss to come out. I want Derek Blanckensee
to come out and stand in front of me and say I'm lying. I want them to
come and stand in front of me and say that," Mashaba concluded.
Khoza has since called a press conference scheduled for 12:30 on Thursday when he is expected to respond to Mashaba's allegations.