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Frustrated Mokwena 'must call me' says Bafana boss Broos as public spat continues

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  • The public spat between Bafana Bafana boss Hugo Broos and Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena continues.
  • This time Broos has questioned Mokwena dealing with issues in public saying he is only a phone call away.
  • Broos and Mokwena have been at odds over operational matters involving Sundowns players representing the national team.

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has admitted he is "very surprised" by Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena's comments relating to the club's international players.

Broos had previously criticised Sundowns for their decision to schedule Thabiso Kutumela for a Covid-19 vaccination at the start of the recently concluded international break.

And it seems Mokwena did not take kindly to those remarks as he subsequently accused Broos of failing to protect the likes of Kutumela, Mothobi Mvala and Rushine De Reuck from injury.

While Kutumela made it through the international break relatively unscathed, Mvala and De Reuck were not so fortunate.

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"Even in the previous camp, Thapelo Morena returned injured, and he is still not fully back yet," said Mokwena.

"And then we have the situation of Mvala, who is very important for us, particularly in this African assignment, but he comes back from Bafana, and he is injured.

"De Reuck did not finish the game against Swallows (prior to the international break) because he had muscular complications, but he continues to play for Bafana. Kutumela came back overloaded, and he struggled with the performance."

And, after hearing Mokwena's comments, Broos has insisted the Sundowns co-coach was wrong to air his grievances in public.

"I will not comment about the remarks by Mr Mokwena; I'm very surprised by his comments; you don't do that in the media, certainly when it comes to a colleague," Broos told SuperSport TV's PSL Now, as quoted by iDiski Times.

"Mr Mokwena will receive my answer in the coming days. Again, if Mr Mokwena is frustrated, he can take the phone and call me and ask for some explanations, but you don't do it via the media.

"This is not appropriate; I think when you are colleagues. If there is something that bothers him, please phone me, and I will explain to him what happens."

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