Cape Town - May Mahlangu’s business manager Rob Moore has labelled SAFA’s ban as “very unfair” following the player’s withdrawal.
The midfielder was expected to arrive in Durban ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sudan, but instead said on Monday that he would not be able to honour his call-up due to fatigue.
According to Soccer Laduma, Moore insists that it was an unruly decision (by SAFA) and stood by Mahlangu’s withdrawal before the South African Football Association banned him from future squads.
"Players are not machines who can run without mechanical failure for an indefinite time, they are human beings with bodies that suffer wear and tear,” said Moore.
“I'm not sure if people know that in his second last game for IFK Goteborg, May got a nasty injury that required him being carried off the field on a stretcher, he then played in discomfort during his final match a week later.”
Moore added that Mahlangu has had a difficult past 16 months following his rehabilitation and finding his form for his club.
Head coach Shakes Mashaba indicated on that he would consider omitting Mahlangu from future squads, and SAFA have now made the decision for him.
“For him (Mashaba) to start talking now to the media on the eve of two very important national team games, would not be the right thing to do because the team must stay focused on the important job at hand.”
Bafana Bafana take on Sudan at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday and Mashaba reveals that players are eager to get one over Falcons of Jediane in order to secure qualification.
Kick-off is at 15:00.