Maybe I’m not good enough for Bafana, says Pirates defender Mahamutsa

Mahamutsa scored the only goal for Pirates against Esperance in Tunisia to send Bucs through to the final of the Caf Champions League


By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa has told Goal that he is not going to make public comments about not being selected to represent his country of birth, South Africa.

Mahamutsa has been brilliant for the Buccaneers over the years, but he has always been overlooked whenever the national team is announced.

A lot of football experts as well as the fans believe Mahamutsa, who celebrated his 32nd birthday last Saturday, should be given a fair chance in the Bafana squad.

However, Mahamutsa said he is not going to cry for a Bafana call-up, saying that the national team coaches have their reasons for not selecting him.

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“I am a professional and I am not going to cry like a baby whenever I am not selected in the [Bafana] squad,” Mahamutsa told Goal.

“I am playing for a big club, and my aim is to do well at my team without thinking about Bafana Bafana. The coaches have their reasons for not selecting me. Maybe I am not good enough,” he said.

Mahamutsa said, not in so many words, that he is been a good player without the international experience that a lot of players get when playing for Bafana.

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“But to be honest I am not playing to be selected in the national team, and I don’t mind if not selected, because I have been doing well without that [international] experience,” added Mahamutsa.

Bafana are playing Spain on November 19, and it remains to be seen if Gordon Igesund will feel obliged to call Mahamutsa for the first time.

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