Motaung hits out at SAFA

2012-01-21 15:28

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana practice games, such as those played against Zambia and Ghana last week, are a "no-no" for South Africa's players, according to Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung.

The Chiefs boss, reacting to the injury incurred by midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane during the 1-1 practice outing against Zambia at Rand Stadium last Wednesday, said the SA Football Association (Safa) had risked players who may not have been fully fit.

Letsholonyane had surgery on his knee on Friday and the club said he could be out for the rest of the season.

"Not only are the players confronted with the risk of injury, but they are not rewarded with international caps from these matches either," Motaung said on Saturday.

The Amakhosi boss said the SA players were expected to rest during a lengthy two-month break in the Premiership, and hit out at the Safa for downgrading both of last week's games.

"The clubs were requested not to organise friendly fixtures during this period in order to give the players a rest," Motaung said.

"So what happens? Safa goes ahead and arranges the games against Zambia and Ghana, who understandably needed the practice before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations.

"Had the games gone on as recognised Fifa international matches, as it had originally been planned, the players would at least have been rewarded with international caps for their efforts."

Motaung said closer co-operation was needed between SAFA and the Premier Soccer League in arranging international outings after Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows withdrew their players from last week's fixtures.

Particularly, when games are staged during a period of player inactivity, or on dates not set aside by Fifa for international matches.

"Unless there is this close co-operation, there will always be problems," he said.

"We at Chiefs are committed to helping Bafana as much as we can in the wider cause of South African soccer, but there has to be a measure of give-and-take between Safa and the PSL clubs."


  • Max - 2012-01-21 16:10

    Lets face it, the majority in South Africa is not very good at soccer.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-21 17:00

      You are mad

      Max - 2012-01-21 17:53

      Look at the scoreboard my friend, we are pathetic.

  • Thabo - 2012-01-21 18:03

    Stop blaming SAFA !. I want to know which players are coming to Chiefs, How are you going beef up the team, Please we ,Chiefs supporters dont want suprises ,Now that we have 5 Zim players ,can we be proudly South African for a change ,I mean produce our own players( S.A born players ,who can play for national team)

  • Sam - 2012-01-21 18:43

    sickness, SAFA uickly sideline Chiefs players in all BB games nonsense

  • Phuti - 2012-01-21 19:44

    Safa managers should be fired for lacking vision,how can they not fire Pitso for having failed us like this.they are a joke.

  • Chaapo - 2012-01-22 05:43

    He is right. Why risk injuries to players to stroke the egos of SAFA administrators? It is the clubs who are disadvantaged by this lack of planning, especially when players have to be sidelined from club commitments due to injuries, and perfectly understandable why teams do not then want to release the players for such pointless matches. As for Zims, I have not heard complaints about SA players trying out for or playing in premier league teams elsewhere. You shout the praises of such players but complain when SA clubs sources players from elsewhere. This is the height of hypocrisy.

  • Moruthane Bauba Madihlaba - 2012-01-25 06:29

    How i wish Bobsteak can get car accident and die/be terminaly ill... He is just a useless arrogant puppet in our football fratenity.

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