Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba believes that there is enough talent in the squad despite May Mahlangu’s withdrawal.
Mahlangu wrote a letter to the coach citing fatigue “after playing too many matches,” a statement that riled Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba.
According to KickOff, Mashaba reveals that the media forgets about the players that are showing the patriotism in the national colours.
"When I took this position [as head coach] I spoke about the issue of patriotism, which is the most important thing,” Mashaba says.
“If the player comes out and says ‘I can't’ and the media says ‘Why not call up that player’, what about other players who are sacrificing their times by coming to play in the team? Those are the players who have to look at.”
Bafana Bafana take on Sudan at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday and Mashaba reveals that players are eager to get one over Falcons of Jediane in order to secure qualification.
“Everybody is raring to go and I doubt there is any player who doesn't want to play," he adds.
“We are ready and if I had a chance to play I would also play in this coming game, but unfortunately I don't have soccer boots!”
Kick-off is at 15:00.