Moore Sets The Record Straight On Mahlangu
Rob Moore Has Spoken Out About May Mahlangu Issue
Rob Moore, the business manager of banned midfielder, May Mahlangu, has responded to those criticising him for being anti-Bafana Bafana.
Mahlangu, who recently faced a potential career-ending injury and was forced to miss nine months of playing time, is believed to have favoured a conservative approach to his comeback, prompting him to inform head coach, Shakes Mashaba, that he needed rest after an intensive last six months for IFK Goteborg.
Mahlangu told Mashaba that he was unable to appear for the national team in the upcoming African Cup of Nations, something that angered Mashaba enough that SAFA decided to ban him indefinitely.
Moore has now answered his critics, who are claiming that it was he that told the 25-year-old not to appear for his nation, explaining that his players are capable of making their own decisions.
Speaking to the Siya crew, Moore said, “If I had an (anti-Bafana Bafana) agenda why would I have other players of mine, like Darren Keet and Kermit Erasmus, in the Bafana set-up? When Ayanda (Patosi) failed to arrive for Bafana camp recently I was furious and I told him how unprofessional it was.
"Go ask Gordon Igesund whether there was ever a problem with any of my national team players - I'm sure he will confirm that I was always willing to assist whenever I was asked. I would do likewise for Shakes, if he ever asked.
"I'm proud when my players play for Bafana, but there are times when a player may have special circumstances that should be respected. May has never done anything in the past to suggest that he is unpatriotic, I challenge one person to show anything to the contrary. By having explained his position to Coach Mashaba last week, May believed that he had done the right thing to give the Coach enough time to name a replacement player.
“I'm not sure if people know that in his second last game for IFK Goteborg, May got a nasty injury that required him being carried off the field on a stretcher, he then played in discomfort during his final match a week later. When the time is right I’m sure that May will give his side of the story and explain his position on this matter.
“For him to start talking now to the media on the eve of two very important national team games, would not be the right thing to do because the team must stay focused on the important job at hand.
Moore also added that another of his clients, Steven Pienaar, was justified in retiring from international football when he did, saying, “With regards to Steven, I was really disappointed when he retired from the national team but I think that since then, it’s obvious to see that he listened to what his body was telling him and he chose the right time to stop playing international football, as he has had a tough time with injuries over the last few years.
"Players are not machines who can run without mechanical failure for an indefinite time, they are human beings with bodies that suffer wear and tear. If it is to continue to perform at an optimal level, any machine needs to be looked after and be maintained. In the past 16 months, May has gone to hell and back and suffered months when he never even knew if he could ever return to being the player that he once was. So after this intense period following his injury, I believe that he wanted to err on the side of caution, and I was behind May's decision.
”So to crucify May for that, I believe is very unfair - especially when there are five other central midfielders in that squad, including the first choice partnership of Furman and Jali, who have served Bafana well up to now, as well as Manyisa, Yeye and Serero."