Safa: Chiefs to release players for Chan
Posted: 24 December 2013 Time: 10:21 pm
Amid concerns that Kaizer Chiefs will not release their players for the Chan tournament, Safa have reiterated the agreement that was reached.
Amakhosi players called up are national captain Itumeleng Khune, Tsepo Masilela, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Tefu Mashamaite and Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who has since withdrawn with a knee injury.
Safa have responded with a press release on Christmas Eve.
“Safa would like to reiterate the agreement reached during the International Affairs Committee meeting which resolved the issue of player release for the Chan tournament,” a Safa statement reads.
“The meeting which took place on 23 December 2013, and agreed to a caucus break for Safa President and members Irvin Khoza, Kaizer Motaung and Patrice Motsepe (who joined on the tele-conference), re-affirmed the importance of balancing the need to have a strong team for Chan 2014 while allowing some PSL games to be played during this period.
“This meeting agreed that the match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs scheduled for 28 January 2014 be brought forward to 23 January 2014, which is a rest period between the last round and quarter-finals of the Chan tournament.
“This decision was reported to all members who endorsed it as the final decision of the Committee.
“The above mentioned parties agreed that playing this match in January will alleviate the congestion for Kaizer Chiefs who are scheduled to take part in the CAF Champions League later in the season.
“The Committee expresses its gratitude to the League and the affected teams for their positive consideration of the matter.”
Safa president Danny Jordaan adds: “The meeting was cordial and was held in the pursuit of the best interest of football and the country. I want to thank Irvin Khoza, Kaizer Motaung and Patrice Motsepe for their cooperation to ensure that South Africa’s best interest is served.
“This decision was conveyed to coach Gordon Igesund with the instruction to finalise his team selection.”