I will give examples of good players who disappeared after joining Sundowns and which has had a negative impact on Bafana.
Innocent Mdledle and Sibusiso Khumalo are quality left-backs, but they are sitting in the stands because Sundowns signed Punch [Masenamela] and now Tebogo Langerman. People say Bafana have no cover on the left of defence, but we have Bafana material in one team and the rest will always suffer.
Katlego Mphela is playing second fiddle to Nyasha Mushekwi, and former Bafana player Richard Henyekane can’t even make the bench. And now they want to sign Manqele from Free State Stars – another Bafana player. He will be the third-choice striker for Sundowns, so how can we expect him to be selected for Bafana?
We will continue calling for Bhele [Siyabonga Nomvete] and Benni [McCarthy] to be included because at least they are playing week in and week out.
Former Under-23 skipper Ramahlele Mphahlele is sitting in the stands and we talk about continuity, but how can he be selected while sitting in the stands. When he was playing for Swallows he was indeed Bafana material.
They want Kennedy Mweene, the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Goalkeeper of the Tournament and Zambia’s number 1, and then what will happen to Wayne Sandilands, Bafana’s number 2 keeper? He will lose his Bafana position. Just ask Calvin Marlin …
They want to sign Erick Mathoho, another Bafana player, but what will happen to Siyanda Xulu? He will sit on the bench and his Bafana career will be over. The young Sangweni [Thamsanqa] joined Downs, so what happens to Hlompo Kekana?
Good prospects (remember Reagan Noble, Kurt Lentjies, Koketso Mmotong, Franklin Cale, Mabhuti Khenyeza, Matty Pattison, Papi Zothwane) disappear after joining Downs. Money is killing football in South Africa because a player will rather earn R150 000 per month and sit on Downs’ bench. Players will rather drive the latest BMW than play for Bafana?
We should stop blaming SAFA and coaches while Downs should take some blame for Bafana’s lack of quality players.
Concerned Football Fanatic Fuse Tinyiko Mashaba