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Bafana coach Hugo Broos feels sabotaged by SA clubs after Kutumela pulls out

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Thabiso Kutumela (Gallo Images)
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  • Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos feels sabotaged by South African clubs after he revealed that Mamelodi Sundowns forward Thabiso Kutumela won't be part of the squad to face Ethiopia. 
  • Broos said Kutumela took part in his club's Covid-19 vaccination program that he felt shouldn't have been done in the FIFA window.
  • Broos was still confused and disappointed by Orlando Pirates' Goodman Mosele not joining the national team.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos feels sabotaged by South African clubs after he revealed that Mamelodi Sundowns forward Thabiso Kutumela was vaccinated by his club.

Kutumela has been playing well for Sundowns and Broos felt the need to call him up, but the 69-year-old Belgian said this latest incident makes him feel like South African clubs are conspiring against the success of the national team.

While acknowledging that the clubs indeed are the primary paymasters, he said they're also bound to FIFA rules of releasing players when they're needed for national team camps.

Bafana have two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia on Saturday away, with the return game taking place at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

"I'm not against players being vaccinated, but it needs to be done before time. The vaccination was organised during a camp," an exasperated Broos said at the Dobsonville Stadium.

"The FIFA rules say that after the last game before international week, the players must be released and no other activity is possible.

"Vaccines can also have symptoms. He may have a cough or he may have a flu, so now, I can't take Thabiso to Ethiopia

"I had to change my program and I couldn't even have a meeting with the players."

Broos said the lack of cohesion between the clubs and the national team at this point is something that's foreign to him.

"I have a feeling that club rivalry in this country is more important than Bafana Bafana, but clubs need to understand they're advantaged if Bafana does well," Broos said.

"The player's value increases when the national team is doing well. Belgium's transformation in the past 15 years speaks to that.

"In Europe, people speak about Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana, but not South Africa. When you have a good national team, people will take interest in the players.

"It's the same thing with sponsors. Who is interested in sponsoring the national team? No one."

Broos, who also highlighted the Orlando Pirates/Mamelodi Sundowns game non-entry and a meeting request with local coaches that was not honoured, said he didn't understand why Pirates midfielder Goodman Mosele did not honour his call up.

Broos has expressed his disappointment and how he's getting over the matter, but he's still bemused by Mosele's absence.

"I really don't know. Someone doesn't come to a national team camp and doesn't leave a message. I don't know," Broos said.

"We're in a free country, so he can refuse selection. He could have just said he doesn't want to play for Bafana.

"He can just tell me or tell the team manager. He could be sick, or something has happened in his family. Maybe he had an accident. I don't know.

"It is frustrating. I don't know the reasons. It's strange. His Pirates teammates arrived, but he didn't."

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