May Mahlangu’s failure to pitch unacceptable – Shakes Mashaba

2014-11-11 15:36

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The late withdrawal from the Bafana Bafana squad by May Mahlangu and the manner in which it was done was unacceptable, South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba has said.

The Sweden-based forward failed to pitch up in Durban where the team was preparing for a crunch Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan at the weekend, citing fatigue as the reason.

“It’s not acceptable for a player to do this,” Mashaba told reporters after training on the outer fields of the Moses Mabhida Stadium today.

“Unfortunately we received a letter from him via email that says he played a lot of games and needed a rest. That is what is happening and we cannot do anything about it.”

However, Mashaba insisted he was not angry about the situation.

“I [don’t] get angry about these things,” he explained. “I’ve told myself that I need to afford myself a smile. But we need to follow up with the powers that be ... maybe Fifa [the international football association] or Caf [Confederation of African Football].

“What I want to hear is a person coming out clearly to say I’m not available. Then we know we need to do something.

“When I took up this position, I spoke about the question of patriotism, which is very important. But the country has too much of talent just to get disappointed about one person.”

Apart from Mahlangu, Wits midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi has also withdrawn, because of a toe injury.

Another concern for Bafana is a thigh injury to attacking midfielder, Thulani Serero, and striker Bongani Ndulula and midfielder Oupa Manyisa are carrying minor knocks.

Team doctor Thulani Ngwenya said Serero was the only real worry, but expected the Ajax Amsterdam star to be fit.

“It’s not a major injury or one that means he will be out of the team, it’s something minor and we are monitoring him,” he said.

“We watched him through the training session and he did not have any pain. We will assess him again later.”

Meanwhile, Mashaba revealed that they were giving thought to bringing in some replacements to the squad.

“That will be decided later today,” he said.

“We’re still sitting with the technical committee. We can’t just call up a player for the sake of it. We have to look other things that need to be managed, so we’ll have to decide on that.”

Another issue yet to be decided was the captaincy, following the death of Senzo Meyiwa last month.

Mashaba said that announcement will be made in due course.

“It hasn’t been giving me any headaches and it will definitely come around Thursday or Friday.”

He also felt the players had reacted well in today’s early session – the first since Meyiwa was shot dead by attackers in Vosloorus on October 26.

“The level of training this morning shows the boys have put that behind them,” Mashaba added.

South Africa play Sudan in the coastal city on Saturday, before facing Nigeria in Uyo next week.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.