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Baxter Explains Masalesa Withdrawal, Confirms New Bafana Captain

Stuart Baxter Explains Lehlogonolo Masalesa Withdrawal, Confirms New Bafana Bafana Captain

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 13, 2017 05:07 PM

Head Coach Stuart Baxter has revealed why Lehlogonolo Masalesa was withdrawn from the Chan squad while confirming who will take over the captain’s armband.

The Bafana Bafana mentor announced his official squad for the country’s upcoming Chan qualifiers against Botswana this weekend, July 16, while it was noted that Masalesa, who is a free agent, could be a doubt due to FIFA rules.

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The Englishman since confirmed why the player had to be released from the squad and subsequently replaced by Mamelodi Sundowns’ Sibusiso Khumalo. 

“FIFA rules say that an unregistered player can play in an official tournament, but, when we were sitting in there and I said that we want it confirmed, I guessed that CAF could have some particular rule in themselves, which they did because Chan has got to be about local players and therefore Viera had to have a local registration, which he obviously doesn’t have,” Baxter revealed to the media. 

“If we had known that earlier, we could have made some sort of plan to get some sort of temporary loan at a little club somewhere, but, now we have no time so it is a blow because we had him in the starting line-up and we will have to change the shape and the way we play.”

“I was up late last night talking to the coaches, Pitso is helping us out, Pitso is going to let us take Sibusiso Khumalo,” he added.

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Baxter then confirmed that the captaincy will be handed down to Mario Booysen.

“I think if you have watched the training I think Mario has been the one apart from Viera that has taken a bit of responsibility on to his shoulders and tried to talk and help the other boys and he has got a bit more experience and he is a centre back. I like defenders to be captain, I don’t like wingers and forwards because they are usually a little bit more concentrated on their own role. Mario will take the job,” Baxter confirmed.  


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THE NK Joined: 28 Dec 2016
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THE NK Jul 14, 2017 05:46 PM
Ok nice
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Realydoctor10 Jul 14, 2017 10:24 AM
Well say coach i also like captain to be defenders because they got more time to look mistake or a goalkeepers
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Zips Jul 14, 2017 10:16 AM
I blv in you Baxter
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vtebza 420 Jul 14, 2017 07:26 AM
its good for my side
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Thapza@K4l Jul 14, 2017 06:23 AM
Myb baxter ws high wen he included viera in this chan tournament coz viera plays overseas
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ndleleni_89 Jul 14, 2017 05:12 AM
Okhy.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jul 13, 2017 10:00 PM
I was supriced to saw Masalesa s name on this squad as was register by overseas team bt nw i get a clarity
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Alfredletloloane@gmail.com Jul 13, 2017 09:53 PM
In the first place How cum they take viera and do him a captain though he was not playing in his team?
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Hlasela_Khosi Jul 13, 2017 09:08 PM
Ok Thanks
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Rambo kingdom Commando Jul 13, 2017 08:46 PM
I was suprised to see him in the squat and I've thought than he came back to the psl nw they gave me the answer
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indidane Jul 13, 2017 08:19 PM
SAFA is a Joke ... We all know that CHAN is for Local players Only ... Tjeeeeeeerrrrrr
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musa005 Jul 13, 2017 08:11 PM
So you would have loaned him to some small team just for him to play at the GHAN?Come on coach, we have plenty of midfielders
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marshchiefs Jul 13, 2017 07:49 PM
Know the rules baba.baba.this is africa not europe
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ScoField Jul 13, 2017 07:37 PM
Ok
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AceMabheka Jul 13, 2017 07:24 PM
Eish Baxter ke he thinks differently so u cnt really blame him 4taking khumalo cz ke uyayaz nto yakhe shame..
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KHOSIVICHI Jul 13, 2017 06:50 PM
ok
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sir Percy Jul 13, 2017 06:50 PM
pitso loves his country and despite that everyone knows that quality is at sundowns
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Unknown Citizen Jul 13, 2017 06:30 PM
Was risky calling up Viera we would have been suspended
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tebogo gm mahlaba Jul 13, 2017 06:06 PM
I think is good to give the armband to Mario he's playing well and I was allso impressed with his leader ship in cosafa.
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Bridgertte Layun Jul 13, 2017 06:02 PM
Can we have some juicy news Cowditor

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