Ill discipline sidelines Baron

2009-11-07 14:35

GOALKEEPER Emille Baron has been dropped from the Bafana Bafana team to play Japan and Jamaica because of ill discipline.

“He has paid the price for misbehaving,” said a member of Bafana who did not want to be named.

“What message were we going to send to other players who saw what happened had we called him up? He needs to come forward and apologise to the coach and everybody because his behaviour was unacceptable and has cost him a place in the team.”

The SuperSport United goalkeeper allegedly misbehaved during Bafana’s last outing to ­Norway and Iceland.

Baron is said to have broken the curfew when the team returned from Europe, hence his ­exclusion.

The South African Football Association ­(Safa) had tried to sweep the matter under the carpet, but City Press has learned that Chief Mwelo ­Nonkonyana, who was the head of delegation, included the incident in his report.

Nonkonyana refused to comment and referred the matter to team manager ­Sipho Nkumane.

However, Nkumane said nothing had been brought to his attention.

He said if there was a disciplinary issue with any player, he would have been the first to know.

“I don’t know anything about that issue,” said an adamant ­Nkumane.

Bafana assistant coach
Pitso Mosimane said Baron was dropped because they wanted to give other goalkeepers a chance.
Mosimane said they wanted to have a look at young Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet, who did well at the recent Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.

“It’s our rotation system and we need to give others a chance. Emille was unlucky not to have played in our previous games after picking up an injury on the eve of the Norway game, but I am sure he will be considered in future,” said Mosimane.
After a lengthy absence, Baron was recalled to the Bafana fold recently and kept a clean sheet in the game against Madagascar.

Bafana will play Japan at Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday and Jamaica the following ­Tuesday at Bloemfontein’s Vodacom Park.

The squad: Goalkeepers:
Rowen Fernandez, Moeneeb Josephs and ­Darren Keet.
Defenders: Siboniso Gaxa, Bongani Khumalo, Morgan Gould, Tsepo Masilela, Aaron Mokoena, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Sangweni and Lucas Thwala.
Midfielders: Daylon Classen, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Daine Klate, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Teko Modise, Macbeth Sibaya and Elrio van Heerden.
Strikers: Kermit Erasmus, Mabhuti Khenyeza, Katlego Mphela, Benni McCarthy and Bernard Parker.

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