PSL

Chiefs play down Tau absence

2011-10-19 12:01
Jimmy Tau (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung insists there was "nothing sinister" about Jimmy Tau's absence from last weekend's squad, despite increased speculation the captain has fallen out with coach Vladimir Vermezovic.

Reports earlier this month suggested Tau had given up the captain's armband, stating he would not lead the side again while the Serbian was in charge.

Amakhosi were quick to quash any such talk, but those rumours again surfaced this weekend after the inspirational defender remained behind in Naturena while the rest of the squad traveled to Polokwane to take on Black Leopards in the PSL.

However, Motaung has brushed aside those recycled concerns and reiterated there has been no fallout between Tau and Vermezovic.

"There was nothing sinister about Tau's absence," Motaung told the Sunday Tribune.

"The coach has 27 players in the squad and at any time he can make decisions on who plays. All these guys are part of the team and there are no issues if they do not play. Jimmy is still our player and captain."

The Chiefs manager went on to question how concerns could be raised by Tau's absence, but not by those of the several other key players missing from action at the weekend.

He added: "It was not just Tau who didn't play. Josta Dladla, Dominic Isaacs and Tefu Mashamaite also were not there, and they have been regulars this season.

"We are happy that the young players who came in managed to get a result. The truth is we lost our last game (against Golden Arrows) so the coach felt he had to make changes. Yeye (Reneilwe Letsholonyane) started on the bench and there were no issues."

Motaung would not confirm or deny whether the club's 2010/11 Player of the Year might also be absent from the team set to face Platinum Stars in the first round of the Telkom Knockout this weekend.

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