Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has released the six Orlando
Pirates players from his national squad following a request from the
“Orlando Pirates play the game of their lives against Zamalek on August 17,” said Igesund in Johannesburg on Thursday.
would like to thank the manner in which Orlando Pirates handled this
matter. They didn't demand they have their players released, they
Igesund said he had considered the possibility of
withdrawals when he named his original 28-man squad for the two friendly
fixtures against Nigeria on August 14 and Burkino Faso on August 17.
The coach named David Mathebula and Bennett Chenene as cover for the Pirates players.
coach Roger de Sa said on Wednesday he wanted to withdraw his players
from the Bafana squad for next week's friendly as the match fell three
days before his side faced Egyptian club Zamalek in a CAF Champions
league group A match at Orlando Stadium.
He felt the six selected
players -- Andile Jali, Daine Klate, Senzo Meywia, Thabo Matlaba, Oupa
Manyisa and Thandani Ntshumayelo -- would not have had enough time to
rest before their crucial club fixture.