Cape Town - Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael has slammed his defender Bangaly Keita for going off injured
in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.
Eymael believes the
centre-back was not honest about the extent of a niggling hamstring injury he
had going into the game, and it subsequently meant he went off injured at a
critical time in the contest.
Belgian takes the view that Keita's injury relapse meant that winger William
Twala was not afforded the chance to play against the Glamour Boys.
"Keita... he lay down on the ground at the 40th minute. I'm not happy
because during the day yesterday [Monday] he went to the physio to say, 'Yeah
my hamstring is tight'. The physio called me and after that I called [and] he
said 'No,no, no problem coach, I will play, I'm 100 percent I'm okay'.
"I said are you
sure? Don't make me lose a substitution and don't be injured after 30 minutes.
You saw what happened because he is a bit responsible on the first goal.
expecting Twala to shine? Yes, me too. But you know because I lost this substitution
with Keita, unfortunately I couldn't change you know.
"I had to
introduce Rooi (Mahamutsa) for Keita, and then I lost a substitution
automatically because of a substitution for an injury."