Chiefs let play­ers go to Bafana

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

KAIZER CHIEFS play­ers will form part of the Bafana Bafana squad for next month’s African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship (Chan), in spite of as­ser­tions by the club’s foot­ball man­ager, SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) con­firmed yes­ter­day.

“The agree­ment was reached with Kaizer Mo­taung, the club owner, and that speaks for it­self,” said Safa head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Do­minic Chimhavi.

“As part of the set­tle­ment, the PSL clash be­tween Chiefs and Sun­downs was switched from Jan­uary 28 to Jan­uary 23 to en­able the play­ers to go back to their clubs dur­ing a break in the Caf event.”

Ear­lier in the week, Chiefs’ foot­ball man­ager Bobby Mo­taung said on the club’s web­site that their play­ers would be pulled out of Chan.

Chimhavi said a com­pletely cor­dial meet­ing was held on Mon­day be­tween Safa pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan, the SafaPSL li­ai­son com­mit­tee – of which Kaizer Mo­taung was a mem­ber – and the chair­man of Mamelodi Sun­downs. The group reached a com­pro­mise agree­ment on the thorny is­sue of Chan par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The con­tro­versy over player avail­abil­ity for Chan stems from the fact that the event, in which only home-based par­tic­i­pants are el­i­gi­ble, is not recog­nised as an of­fi­cial Fifa tour­na­ment and, there­fore, clubs are not obliged to re­lease play­ers.

Safa had pre­vi­ously agreed not to se­lect Or­lando Pi­rates play­ers be­cause of their fix­ture con­ges­tion as they at­tempt to catch up their seven- match back­log. – Sapa

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