Pitso calls for Mphela talks

2011-02-05 19:51

Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane is set for showdown talks with striker Katlego Mphela to try and resolve the impasse ­between the player and his club, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mosimane, who dropped Mphela for the game against Kenya on Wednesday at the Royal Bafokeng Palace, said ­ordinarily he would not want to be involved in club matters but the matter had dragged on for far too long and was affecting the national team.

Although he condemned Mphela for missing training, he said the matter should have been better handled by both sides.

He said he would advise the player to go back to the club and let his boots do the talking.

“I believe I am the last one to come in on this issue. This is a bad decision by Katlego and my advice to him is to go back and play. We don’t condone players who don’t attend training ­sessions at their clubs and we don’t have room for those ­players in the team.

“I need these key players but if players don’t report to training at their clubs then this is not the place at Bafana to ­promote players who are absconding from their clubs. We must not send out a wrong message to the players that they can abscond and still come to ­Bafana,” said Mosimane.

He said Mphela’s case was not unique and that other players had followed the correct procedure when they wanted to leave their clubs.

“The (Wayne) Rooney case is a good example after he made it clear he wanted out but continued going to training and playing matches. There are lots of players who want to leave their clubs but they don’t abscond. Everyone should abide by the club’s values and principles and ‘Killer’ must do the right thing and report to training.”

Mosimane also sent a strong message to players who are not playing at their clubs not to ­expect future call-ups.

“I am concerned about some of the players who are not ­having game time at their clubs.

“I have pushed players and have been on the phone to players in Europe. The decision I took to drop some of the players is not for my ego but to see South Africa improve.

“They will lose their places in the national team.”

Mosimane was also of the opinion that Safa should organise a yearly four-nations tournament to help the team.

Mosimane will use Wednesday’s friendly to prepare the team for the crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier against five-times African champions Egypt next month, a game he believes should be played at altitude.

Bafana squad:
Itumeleng Khune, Moeneeb Josephs
Defenders: Aaron Mokoena, Siboniso Gaxa, Morgan Gould, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Sangweni, Bongani Khumalo, Mzivukile Tom, Ruben Cloete
Midfielders: Matthew Pattison, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Sifiso ­Myeni, Thanduyise Khuboni, ­Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Steven Pienaar, Andile Jali, Daylon Claasen, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Tlou Segolela, Thulani Serero
Strikers: Davide Somma, Bernard Parker, Kermit Erasmus.

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