Pitso kicks Teko out

2011-01-22 18:20

Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has dropped a serious hint that he will leave out-of-sorts midfielder Teko Modise out of the team.

Modise was suspended by his club, Orlando Pirates, after going AWOL last week and Mosimane says he will not consider him for the game against Burkina Faso next month.

“I cannot select him when he is suspended by his club. Let’s see what happens at his club and we’ll take it from there,” says Mosimane, who has picked Modise even when he was not being utilised at Pirates.

Modise’s absence will add to Mosimane’s dilemma ahead of the Afcon qualifier game against Egypt in March, as most of his regular players are not seeing ­action at their clubs.

He bemoans the fact that midfielder Macbeth Sibaya has not been playing for some time since leaving his Russian club, Rubin Kazan. Neither has Fulham’s Kagisho Dikgacoi, who rarely features at the English club.

It is even worse in the left back, with Tsepo Masilela out from injury and Innocent Mdledle not getting any game time at Mamelodi Sundowns, while Lucas Thwala has not kicked a ball this season after a knee injury.

Mosimane is also worried that Bongani Khumalo is yet to kick a ball at his new club, Tottenham Hotspur.

“I won’t compromise the team with players who are not playing.

Playing in the reserve league is also good because it is competitive.

I am also happy for Bernard (Parker) as he will now get game time in Greece and I think KG (Dikgacoi) must also move to a club where he will play regularly.”

Mosimane is also disappointed that he cannot get the team to play friendly matches.

“This is the situation I find myself in as there are limited options, especially at the left back; hence I need to play friendly games so I can assess certain players.”

Mosimane watched Egypt in the Nile Basin tournament last week and came back a worried man after witnessing the Pharaohs scoring 17 goals in five games.

“All the talk in Egypt is preparation for Bafana, and we should not be surprised when they come here and are a better team.”

The Egyptian FA has suspended its domestic league to give coach Hassan Shehata enough time to prepare, as a loss to Bafana would all but end the Pharoahs’ aspirations of winning a fourth successive tournament.

“They take this game very seriously because it is make or break for them. They have been playing friendly games and by the time they get here in March they will have played eight games, while we will only have one under our belt,” says Mosimane.

“A lot of people who have power don’t care about Bafana and if the team qualified it would have done so on its own, as there is no support. The thing is that we don’t give our national team first priority – hence we always have the same problem.”

He says he is not asking for the league programme to be cut, but for at least one extra week to prepare.

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