Mashaba Lashes Out At Mahlangu
Shakes Mashaba Upset With May Mahlangu
Bafana Bafana coach, Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba, has lashed out at May Mahlangu for complaining about fatigue when called upon to represent the national team.
Mahlangu was named in Mashaba’s team that is preparing for crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria respectively.
The talented overseas-based player has since been pulled out of the squad after he complained about tiredness, as reported in Soccer Laduma earlier today (Tuesday).
The South African Football Association confirmed that Mahlangu wrote a letter to Mashaba to alert him about fatigue “after playing too many matches.”
“This is not acceptable for a player to talk about fatigue when they have to represent their national team. It’s just that I no longer get angry these days, because I think I must also afford myself a smile. We will just follow this matter up and get to the bottom of it, I can only hope people will understand when these players are not called again in the national team.
"When I took up this position, I spoke a lot about patriotism which for me is paramount. If tomorrow the player is not considered and the media asks why, here is the reason.
One will ask, what about the players who have been sacrificing their time to be in the team? But then again the country has a lot of talent to get disappointed about one player. The only thing I want to see is when a player comes out clear and says I am not available, and we know what we have to do,” Mashaba said in a statement.