Clubs show Igesund who is boss

2013-06-30 14:00

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Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has been let down by Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs, who have effectively given him the middle finger.

Yesterday, Igesund was in a panic, looking for players for the Cosafa Cup tournament in Zambia to replace those who have been withdrawn by their respective clubs.

Igesund did not call up Orlando Pirates players, who are preparing for their CAF Champions League match against AC Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But now he has to do without Kaizer Chiefs players too, after the club refused to release them, while Mamelodi Sundowns have agreed to release only three of the four selected players.

It is not clear if SuperSport United will release three selected players from their camp as they have a date with English giants Manchester City on July 14.

Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung lashed out at the Bafana coach for misrepresenting the facts.

Earlier in the week, Igesund said Motaung had given the go-ahead to select Chiefs players and went on to pick five players from the league champions, despite football manager Bobby Motaung warning against the release of the players.

Igesund named Eric Mathoho, Tefu Mashamaite, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker in the 20-man squad for Zambia next month.

He said he was guided by the outcome of the joint liaison committee (JLC) meeting between the PSL and the SA Football Association (Safa) last month, in which Motaung allegedly said they would release players for the tournament.

But on Friday, Motaung lambasted Igesund, saying he was disappointed at the coach’s remarks.

Motaung said Igesund’s “ill-advised comments” about the outcome of a meeting between the PSL and Safa were contrary to JLC meeting outcomes.

“His comments are unfortunate and I take strong exception to his utterances. I will be writing to Safa to register my disappointment and trust the matter will be resolved,” said Motaung.

Igesund was fortunate with Sundowns, who only held on to Tebogo Langerman.

Downs coach Pitso Mosimane said he could not release Langerman, as he had no cover at left back for his pre-season matches.

Mosimane said he understood Igesund’s predicament because he had been in the same situation himself.

“I can relate to what he is going through because I experienced the same thing when I was with Bafana.

“I can only give him three players, which I think is fair from our side,” said Mosimane.

Sundowns players who will join the camp are Wayne Sandilands, Hlompho Kekana and Jabulani Shongwe.

On Friday, Igesund said he was still trying to finalise his team.

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