Krol hits out at Bafana

2010-02-04 10:54

Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol, fired a broadside at Bafana Bafana

head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, after his side drew 0-0 against Absa

Premiership champions SuperSport United in their first league clash after the

PSL break.

Krol, a former Dutch captain, was upset by the condition his Bafana

players returned in after a 10 day camp under Parreira in Durban last month as

part of his preparation for June’s World Cup finals.

“The players who came back from the camp last Thursday were flat

and it was a big problem for me against SuperSport,” said Krol.

“My national team players were not in good shape when they

returned. They were not fresh. I heard they did a lot of physical training, but

there has been no communication from the national coach. I expected a report but

received nothing. It is disturbing.”

Krol’s criticism comes hard on the heels of that of Moroka Swallows

coach Rainer Zobel who said it was nonsense for the PSL and the SA Football

Association to force teams to end the season by March 7 in order for Bafana to

have three months to prepare for the finals.

Krol was backed up by United coach Gavin Hunt who found his Bafana

players in similar condition.

But Krol reckons his side will be a lot sharper when they meet

BidVest Wits at the Milpark Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 3.30pm.

He was expected to give his new midfield signing, Zambian star and

former Buccaneer Isaac Chansa, his debut.

“I have been impressed by Chansa at training. He featured in the

recent African Nations Cup for Zambia and unlike my Bafana players, he looks

sharp.”

One player who would not feature against the Students is striker

Terror Fanteni who dislocated his shoulder against United.

The Students drew 1-1- away against relegation threatened

Mpumalanga Black Aces yesterday and still needed to pick up points to move

further away from the relegation zone.

Hunt came away from the first round of fixtures after the break

happier than all his rivals. He was smiling after his nearest rivals, Mamelodi

Sundowns, were also held 0-0 at home by Bloemfontein Celtic as the league heads

into the final straight.

Celtic had two goals disallowed during that match.

United host struggling Free State Stars at the Super Stadium on

Saturday night. Kick-off is at 6pm, while second placed Downs have a difficult

away trip to the Athlone Stadium where they come up against Ajax Cape Town on

Sunday (3pm).

Said Hunt: “We have five matches to play. We had a bad run-in last

season and still won the title.

“Hopefully this season it will be different. The fact Sundowns

could only manage a draw at home to Celtic shows me in this league anyone can

beat anyone.

“I thought we did enough to collect three points against Pirates

but at the end of the day a point could prove to be crucial.”

Hunt believed 60 points would be enough to win the championship and

United needed 12 points from their remaining five matches to reach that

target.

The fact Stars were leading 3-1 against Santos at home and ended

drawing 3-3, would give United comfort.

Swallows, who play Celtic at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium, were still

searching for their missing Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma who was AWOL after

Zambia reached the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup in Angola last

Monday.

Zobel dismissed the truant striker: “I have three other strikers.

Who knows where Mbesuma got to, maybe Egypt. I really don’t care. I do not run

after players.”

As for disciplinary action, the former Bayern Munich star said:

“That is up to the club and nothing to do with me.”

Third placed Chiefs, who drew 0-0 against Swallows on Tuesday

night, were expected to collect three points against bottom club Jomo Cosmos

during their clash at Loftus on Saturday. Kick-off is at 3.30pm.


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