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Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp pleads with Safa to communicate better

14:01 GMT+3 29/03/2019
Ernst Middendorp, Kaizer Chiefs
The Amakhosi boss has expressed his unhappiness on how Safa communicates regarding his players

Kaizer Chiefs coach says he expects better communication from the South African Football Association (Safa) regarding players, who are called up for national team duty.

The Amakhosi boss was speaking to the media after defender Reeve Frosler was invited for camp in the South African U23 squad, but he  was later dropped reportedly due to lack of game time.

“Reeve Frosler was a bit disturbed. He was invited to camp, but I would have loved to see him here (at Chiefs) working on his intensity. But in the end, he was sent home and we could have discussed it before when the invitation was done,” said Middendorp as quoted by Phakaaathi.

Frosler was set to form part of South Africa U23 coach David Notoane’s squad that faced Angola in the U23 Caf African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

However, the youngster, who joined Chiefs from Bidvest Wits in January 2019, was later released from the camp.

“I have no communication (from Safa), it’s not about talking late (late call-up), early or whatever, I just get papers with information that players are invited and that’s it,” he added.

Moreover, Middendorp says the Nigerian national team coach Gernot Rohr has kept communication lines open regarding goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, saying it is different in the country.

Akpeyi was part of the Super Eagles squad that has qualified for the 2019 Afcon tournament in Egypt and he was in action when they faced Egypt in an international friendly this week.

“The decision is done by the head coach. It’s quite interesting, I mean Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is in direct contact, but here there is a different approach,” concluded the coach.

Moreover, the Soweto giants are preparing to face Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final match on Sunday afternoon at Mbombela Stadium.