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Only Mahlangu banned by SAFA

2014-11-25 13:40
May Mahlangu (Gallo)
Johannesburg - The South African Football Association (SAFA) says it will not take action against all players who failed to honour national call-ups for two friendly games against Australia and New Zealand back in May.

Players who turned down former head coach Gordon Igesund’s call are Teko Modise, Itumeleng Khune, Bernard Parker, Oupa Manyisa, Tsepo Masilela and Thabo Matlaba.

SAFA released a statement two weeks ago confirming that the IFK Göteborg midfielder, May Mahlangu, will not be considered for the national team going forward.

Mahlangu withdrew from Shakes Mashaba’s squad for matches against Sudan and Nigeria in the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, citing fatigue.

A reliable source inside the SAFA house in Nasrec confirmed to Sport24 on Monday that the ban only applies to the 25-year-old playmaker.

“No action will be taken against those players who missed a trip to Australia and New Zealand,” revealed the source.

“As you can see, players like Oupa Manyisa and Thabo Matlaba are still playing for the national team.

“It means that the ban will not apply to them, so as far as I know May Mahlangu is the only player who is banned by SAFA from national duties.”

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