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Sundowns boss Mokwena 'frustrated' by Bafana, hits back at Broos over sabotage claims

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Rulani Mokwena (Gallo Images)
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Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has hit back at Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos following the national mentor's comments during the FIFA international break.

Broos publicly admitted that he feels sabotaged by certain Premier Soccer League clubs, as they have made it tricky when players need to join the national team.

The 69-year-old Broos dealt with plenty of mishaps during the lead up to Bafana Bafana's back-to-back matches against Ethiopia.

But Masandawana scheduling a Covid-19 vaccination for Thabiso Kutumela during the national camp was when Broos decided enough is enough.

After Sundowns' 2-2 away draw against Maniema Union in the CAF Champions League second preliminary round first-leg, Mokwena admitted that cooperating with Bafana Bafana can get frustrating.

"It's a very, very difficult situation with Bafana. We can't even communicate with the medical department," Mokwena said as quoted by KickOff.

"We don't know the itinerary of Bafana; we don't know the training programme of Bafana. We don't get training feedback in relation to the [player training] load; there's no data.

"So, the cooperation with Bafana frustrates us a little bit. Because as Mamelodi Sundowns, we are the first to always, over the years, shown willingness to support the nation.

"To support the cause and release as many personnel including support structures from Sundowns going to represent Bafana Bafana."

Mokwena further explained that Sundowns players always come back injured from national duty with no form of medical documents attached from Bafana Bafana's medical team or technical staff.

"It's a bit disappointing that even in the previous camp, Thapelo [Morena] returned injured. He's not back yet, and we're still trying to get him back into the groove by giving him a couple of minutes today," Mokwena said.

"Then you have the situation of Mothobi Mvala, who is so important for us, particularly for this African sojourn and this assignment with his physicality.

"Then he comes back from Bafana, and he's injured, you know, then also Rushine de Reuck in our previous match against Swallows doesn't finish the game as a precautionary measure.

"Due to a muscular complication, but then he continues to play for Bafana Bafana. Thabiso Kutumela also comes back, and he's jaded and is overloaded and comes back and struggles with his performance.

"These are some of the things that disappoint us, but okay, it is what it is; you have to continue supporting the national cause."

Mokwena added: It's just disappointing that after the international break with the load, and then we just don't get any form of response.

"Not just from the technical team, but also from the medical department, but it is what it is, and the best is to focus what we can focus on and control what we control.

"I reiterate once again Mamelodi Sundowns will always look to support the national cause; it's just disappointing that now for the last couple of international breaks, we see our players coming back with injury complications."

The Brazilians are back in action on Wednesday (kick-off is at 15:30) against Golden Arrows before taking on Union on Sunday (16:00) in the second leg.

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