Chiefs let players go to Bafana
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