Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has revealed how Polokwane
City goalkeeper Cyril Chibwe rejected a call-up to the national side in favour of Zambia.
After Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Brandon Petersen withdrew from
the squad with injury over the weekend, Ntseki was hoping to call-up Chibwe,
but the 26-year-old Bakgaga shot-stopper opted for his father's country Zambia.
Bafana had the forced withdrawal of Bidvest Wits goalkeeper
Brandon Petersen due to injury over the weekend and had hoped to invite
Polokwane City's Cyril Chibwe as a replacement.
Chibwe enhanced his reputation with a man-of-the-match
performance for Rise and Shine as they handed Absa Premiership log leaders
Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 defeat.
Bidvest Wits reserve goalkeeper Ricardo Goss has been called
up instead and Ntseki shed some light on the situation regarding Chibwe.
"We made a small research on Cyril Chibwe from
Polokwane City, and he's a South African, born in North West, and we sent a
call-up for him to join us for this camp," explained Ntseki.
"Unfortunately, he will be playing for his father's
country, which is Zambia. So, he will be joining the Zambian team in camp and
that is why we have Ricardo coming in - they are the same age, born in 1993.
"I think maybe he [Chibwe] was approached long before
us, maybe they made the necessary preparations for him to join the Zambian team
because if he did not have a Zambian passport, they would have had to do the
necessary documents for him in order to play.
"But I think it is a good thing, we also have some
players playing overseas that we feel they need to come and play for Bafana
Bafana, and we are also in the process of talking to them, their parents and
their clubs so they can have South African citizenship and play for the
Sunday's kick-off is at 15:00.