Bafana Bafana

Masinga: It's a disgrace

2014-05-26 08:59
Bafana Bafana. Photograph: Getty Images.
Bafana Bafana. Photograph: Getty Images.
Cape Town - Phil Masinga is questioning the motive behind some of his fellow Bafana teammates who have turned down the opportunity to represent South Africa in the tour Down Under.

Teko Modise, Itumeleng Khune, Bernard Parker, Sthembiso Ngcobo and Siphiwe Tshabalala are among a group of players that have opted out of the team that will play against Australia today and New Zealand four days later.

While it is suggested that fatigued has played a major role in the players' absence from the squad, Masinga believes there are other ‘hidden’ reasons behind their decision to pull out.

“Being tired after a long season? I will not buy that excuse,” he tells website. “These are players who have played around 30 games in the League, at most, but what about players in other countries?

“Look at [Christiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, who play 60 or 70 games but are still able to play in the World Cup.  

“It is a disgrace really, when our players do not want to represent their country. There is no commitment.

“Maybe the players are trying to send a message through their actions or there is some hidden agenda here. I really do not know.”


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