Shakes Mashaba disappointed
Shakes Mashaba has expressed his disappointment in Pitso Mosimane’s remarks suggesting that players from his club should not have been included in the latest Bafana Bafana squad.
Straight after Mamelodi Sundowns’ MTN8 quarter-final victory over SuperSport United on Sunday Mosimane made his feelings known about having so many players from his club being called for national duty for a dead rubber against Mauritania on Friday and a ‘friendly’ against Egypt on Tuesday in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.
Mashaba has included five players from Sundowns in the squad currently in camp in Tebogo Langerman, Thapelo Morena, Keagan Dolly, Hlompho Kekana and Sibusiso Vilakazi, much to the annoyance of Mosimane who feels ‘Bra Shakes’ should have been lenient with The Brazilians and understand the weight of games starring them in September.
Sundowns face a double-barrelled challenge next month with a two-legged CAF Champions League semi-finals contest with ZESCO United and another home and away tie against Chippa United in the MTN8 last four.
Shakes Mashaba disappointed
With that heavy load which might also include as many as three Absa Premiership games, Mosimane’s bone of contention is that players from his club – who didn’t have much of an off-season – need cotton wool handling right now.
Zimbabwe have already decided to rest Khama Billiat having already qualified for the AFCON finals while Zambia have ignored Kennedy Mweene, but have still included six players from Sundowns’ semi-finals opponents ZESCO for their dead rubber Afcon qualifier against Kenya this weekend.
Mosimane also noted that when he and Gordon Igesund were still Bafana Bafana coaches they didn’t select Orlando Pirates when The Bucs had continental commitments close to national team games, yet Mashaba says he has not received any request reagrding such matters.
“Unfortunately, nothing has come to us,” Mashaba said in reference to whether Bafana have had an official request from Sundowns to excuse their players from national duty.
“We are open. We are operating on an open door policy. If there is anyone who wants to talk to us, they can come to us and say it. But that is what has happened, and I am disappointed because we operate on an open door policy.
“Anyone who has got something to talk to us about, we are always available. If they want to request something, let them send it and then we will sit down and deal with it.”
If Mashaba considers Mosimane’s plea, he could use the Sundowns players sparingly for the two games – the first on Friday evening at Mbombela Stadium against Mauritania and then the 22nd edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Tuesday at Orlando Stadium.
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