South Africa national team head coach Stuart Baxter announced his squad on Monday for the upcoming African Nations Championship qualifier against Zambia.
The 63-year-old named a strong squad with a balance of youth and experience. However, if the sentiments of SuperSport United head coach Eric Tinkler are to be believed, Baxter will need to search for several replacements.
Baxter called up five Matsatsantsa players in Teboho Mokoena, Sipho Mbule, Cole Alexander, Denwin Farmer and Siyabonga Nhlapo, but Tinkler is adamant they will not be released for international duty.
“No, they won’t be joining Bafana,” Tinkler told The Star.
Furthermore, the current SuperSport tactician was also left puzzled by the inclusion of young defender Denwin Farmer, who he says is currently injured.
“Denwin (Farmer) is injured. He dislocated his shoulder. I don’t know why he was called up. But I am not releasing the other players,” Tinkler added.
Meanwhile, the Tshwane side are not the only club playing hardball as newly promoted Premier Soccer League (PSL) club AmaZulu have confirmed that they won’t be releasing their players either.
“We have made the decision not to release our players. We have already told Morton and we will also inform other players,” Usuthu’s team manager Qedi Dlamini stated.
“We are playing Free State Stars at home on August 19 and these three players are key in our squad,” Dlamini explained.
“Morton and Pule are still new and they need to gel with their teammates.
"But how can they do that if they are in and out of the squad? We respect the national team but, on the other hand, we have to prepare ourselves proper for the new season,” he concluded.