Hugo Broos’ latest outburst, having made claims that SA clubs are sabotaging the national team, has been rebuffed.
On Tuesday, the Bafana Bafana coach hit out at Premier Soccer League teams and told journalists at a press conference that he had to withdraw attacker Thabiso Kutumela from the squad to face Ethiopia in back-to-back qualifiers this week.
Kutumela had been scheduled for his Covid-19 vaccination shot by Mamelodi Sundowns on Monday, but Broos was unimpressed as he argued that should the player develop symptoms, it would effectively rule him out.
The coach said he made the call to withdraw Kutumela.
But the Siya crew has confirmed with SAFA that this, however, is not the case – the player was observed after he was jabbed and will travel to Ethiopia!
The coach’s comments were made on the back of another saga involving Orlando Pirates midfielder Goodman Mosele, who did not report for camp at the start of the week as was expected, and Broos replaced him with Jesse Donn.
It’s now been established that Mosele had “personal issues”, but an angry Bafana coach on Monday told the media that the player had “absconded” and that his whereabouts were unknown, leaving him no choice but to withdraw him.
What’s come to light is that in both cases, Broos might have caught the wrong end of the stick and did not seem to have the facts.
It’s seen been confirmed by SAFA that Kutumela is with Bafana in camp and in good health, ready for action if selected for Saturday's game away, while Mosele has been found and is currently dealing with a personal matter.
Story by @superjourno
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