Gordon Igesund tells Goal that Bobby Motaung’s threats to withdraw his Chiefs players from the Bafana squad won’t ruin his Cosafa Cup plans
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has told Goal that he is aware of the comments and the threats made by the Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung about the inclusion of the AmaKhosi players in the Bafana squad for the Cosafa Cup.
Motaung has reportedly refused to release the Chiefs players for the tournament, because he feels that the players have not had enough time to rest and therefore are tired.
Igesund confirms that he had a chat with Bobby before the announcement of the squad and the AmaKhosi official told him that he won’t allow any of his players to participate in the Cosafa Cup.
“I spoke to Chiefs about their players and Bobby told me that he won’t release any of his players, because they are tired. I found it very funny, because these are professional players. I then asked him to at least give me fringe players, but he insisted that he is not giving me any of his players,” Igesund told Goal.
However, Bobby Motaung requested Igesund to send the list of the selected players through to him to be able to see if he can release them for national team duty, but Motaung hasn’t responded since Igesund sent the list of players to him and other PSL teams.
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“Bobby asked me to send him the list of selected players and I did that, and also sent the list to other PSL teams as usual, but he hasn’t come back to me. I then took the decision that I will include the Chiefs players in my squad,” he said.
Igesund revealed that there was an agreement between Safa and the PSL on May 9, where Kaizer Motaung agreed that the Chiefs players will be available for the tournament in Zambia.
“There was a meeting between Safa and the PSL on May 9 and that’s when Mr Kaizer Motaung said that his players will be made available for this tournament (Cosafa Cup),” said Igesund.
Nonetheless, Igesund is not worried about losing the five players from Kaizer Chiefs, as he revealed that he’s got players that can do the job for the national team, should AmaKhosi decide to withdraw their players.
“If Kaizer Chiefs withdraw their players then we can still go and win the tournament. It’s not about Chiefs players, but the national team. We have very talented young players, and it will also give me the opportunity to get the balance right. This is important to our progress,” concluded Igesund.
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