Ayanda Patosi cried after missing flight to Bafana – Shakes Mashaba

2014-09-04 09:06

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Khartoum – Ayanda Patosi failed to report to the Bafana Bafana camp in Sudan after missing his flight from Belgium.

National football team coach Shakes Mashaba, who will take charge of his first fixture since he was hired by the South African Football Association in July, confirmed that the talented youngster missed his flight, which was booked by Safa.

“Let’s wait for him; we’ll have other camps. He will come and explain. He called me. I’m sure he was trying to emulate me. He was crying,” Mashaba said.

Patosi, who plays for Belgian club Lokeren, was called up for the two games against Sudan and Nigeria. Bafana arrived in Khartoum yesterday for their opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations group A qualifier against Sudan tomorrow night and will face Nigeria in Cape Town next week.

“[Patosi] said to me that he was going to book a ticket out of his own pocket; he would go to Cape Town.

“I said: ‘Hold on. Don’t do it until we come back to you.’ Money is a scarce commodity nowadays. We can’t allow players to be buying tickets and if he finds that he comes here, there’s [potentially] nothing happening, he’s not in the plan. I wouldn’t advise him to buy a ticket.”

Meanwhile, Bafana team doctor Thulani Ngwenya said injured goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was carrying an injury from as far back as February and was subsequently removed from the national team’s trip to Sudan.

“Itu had heel pain since February, according to him. He was playing for his team (Kaizer Chiefs) and it would swell up and after the game they would put ice [on it] just for the inflammation to go down,” Ngwenya said.

Khune was omitted from the travelling party of 24 and will also miss South Africa’s second qualifier against Nigeria.

“Khune trained with the [Bafana] team. However, he couldn’t finish the training session because the ankle started to swell up again,” Ngwenya said.

“I advised that we need to do a CT scan. The scan showed a grade three stress fracture. We decided that it would be best that Khune rests and we advised Chiefs that he should be released from the camp.”

Bafana arrived shortly before 5pm local time yesterday to soaring temperatures in excess of 35 degrees Celsius and high humidity.

After summing up the conditions, Ngwenya said he and his medical team would have their work cut out as they attempt to keep the team hydrated and in peak condition for tomorrow’s game.

“One of the things that we are going to do is to try and rehydrate [as much] as possible because I understand that we cannot change the temperature here,” he said.

“We’re going to make sure that in between the training session, every now and then, we’re going to have a rehydration session whereby they drink water so that they don’t get dehydrated.”

Bafana will have their first training session in Khartoum this morning, after missing a scheduled session yesterday evening due to their late arrival at the team’s hotel.

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