Igesund on collision course with Chiefs management

2013-06-27 15:10

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is heading towards a collision with Kaizer Chiefs after naming five Amakhosi players in his team that will play in the Cosafa Cup.

This is despite Chiefs general manager of football Bobby Motaung having said the team would not release any of the players.

But this morning Igesund named Eric Mathoho, Tefu Mashamaite, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker in the 20-man squad which will go to Zambia next month.

Igesund said he expected all the selected players to honour the call-up.

“So far, no one has said anything to me, but if Chiefs refuse their players, we would have able replacements,” said Igesund.

He said he was guided by the outcome of the Joint Liaison Committee meeting between the Premier Soccer League and the SA Football Association last month in which Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung allegedly said they would release players for the tournament.

“I don’t want to get into a mud(slinging) match with Bobby but the Chiefs chairman said we could have the players we wanted. Even Stuart (the Chiefs coach) has not said anything (to the) contrary.”

The Bafana coach dismissed claims that the Chiefs players could be tired if they took part in the tournament.

Players from Orlando Pirates were also not considered as they would be preparing for the CAF Champions League clash with AC Leopards of Congo next month.

Igesund said the tournament could serve as preseason training and would give all the selected players good preparation.

Igesund went for a blend of youth and experience and said he wanted to give young players international exposure.

“At least 50% of the players I have in this Cosafa squad could be playing in the 2015 Afcon and 2018 World Cup.

“We are preparing players for the 2015 Afcon in Morocco and 2018 World Cup in Russia, so we have to start now. We have also not called up overseas-based players.”

» The squad

Goalkeepers: Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)

Defenders: Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United), Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic, captain), Tefu Mashamaite, Mulomowandau Mathoho (both Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Ajax Cape Town), Tebogo Langerman (Mamelodi Sundowns), Tshepo Gumede (Platinum Stars)

Midfielders: Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala (both Kaizer Chiefs), Jabulani Shongwe, Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lebogang Manyama (Ajax Cape Town), Luyola Nomandela (Free State Stars), Ruzaigh Gamildien (Bloemfontein Celtic)

Strikers: Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows), Kermit Erasmus (SuperSport United), Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Thabani Mthembu (Platinum Stars)

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