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.

Gordon Igesund named his 23-man squad for the 2014 African Nations Championship yesterday, with six Amakhosi players in the mix.

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Khune, Tsepo Masilela, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Tefu Mashamaite and Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who has since withdrawn with a knee injury.

However, in a club statement today Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung insisted the players would not be involved with Bafana Bafana for Chan.

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.”

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Bobby & Steve must futsek! Tumour
posted: 2013-12-24 20:32:34

SAFA go 2 hell! After so much favours you did 4 Pirates!

posted: 2013-12-24 20:54:19

What this has to do with Pirates? Your manager Bobby should consult and come to the media with facts rather than to vomit hogwash here and waste our timereading nuisance!

posted: 2013-12-24 20:57:02

SAFA Hypocrites, we won't be surprised if matches don't get postponed for Chiefs for their participations in CAF.

posted: 2013-12-24 21:02:08

Chiefs are being used here in order for this puppet tournament to earn some credibility in terms of attendances. SAFA are using Chiefs status as crowd pullers to their own advantage to the detriment of Chiefs. When Pirates were involved in ACL, their games were postponed hence they've only played 8 games while the rest have played 14/15. Why isn't Chiefs afforded the same status quo as Pirates, have their games postponed, catch up whenever they are able to just like Pirates are doing. That, for me, is double standards being applied in similar circumstances. Secondly, this agreement SAFA refers to does not hold water, having a strong Bafana team does not mean having the core of Chiefs players. Kaizer might have agreed to having a strong Bafana team but not at the expense of his own club. Thirdly, why are overseas players treated differently to local players? The answer is simple, SAFA can't touch those players because their teams won't allow them for tournaments not sanctioned by FIFA, pointing again to different standards being applied in similar circumstances. Fourthly, I don't know why this is made such a huge issue because other players have done this before where they refused their players for a game not sanctioned by FIFA, Chiefs are just following on a precedent that has been set before and SAFA did nothing then and won't do anything now. So I back Chiefs decision not to allow players for this Mickey Mouse tournament and the media should just back-off Bobby's case as in this instance he has every right to withdraw Chiefs players.

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2013-12-24 21:02:46

The Master Thief, Ntshontsa Guluve did not consult his killer son about the decision taken during the meeting....soooo much for a team said to be run professionally.

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2013-12-24 21:06:46

@ Sandi

Pirates would have played more than the 8 games had they not reached both finals of the sunctioned cup. Your arguement is constipated, you need some laxatives before engaging constructively & to the point. Ungazosuza la!

posted: 2013-12-24 21:24:51


You know I probably shouldn't be responding to your insults as that would see me stoop to your level. I've got one thing to say to you, insults are a weak mans imitation of strength, by insulting me on football matters you think yo are showing strength but you just exposing yourself to the readers as to a weakling you really are and you resort to insults as a form of argument. That's what weak men do, when they can't argue they resort to insults, unfortunately not all of us are as weak. We respect ourselves too much not to resort to insults. If you want to feel strong or show your strength, please find other means because insulting me reflects on you more than it does me.

New age blogger
posted: 2013-12-24 21:47:25

 GI and SAFA are too damn desperate to bring Chiefs players into Chan camp yazi.....They running back to the same players who shamed the nation before, what an insult it is to other SA capable players 

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-12-24 21:51:01

Neva try to compare Pirates and Chiefs.... Pirates is much bigger than Chiefs. Everyone knows that Chiefs wont go far in CL

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-12-24 21:52:07


Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-12-24 21:55:13

Poor Kaizer Motaung... always agrees wth what Khoza says!

posted: 2013-12-25 00:04:38

I wl say ds again nd again bobby is a useless manager iv ever seen who always seek attention even amazulu,polokwane city,arrows,etc..their mangers r doing a gud job dn ds fat cat

posted: 2013-12-25 00:07:23

Chimpazee pirates is a big team in africa whyl zoo is big in zim,botswana,malawi,mozambique nd swaziland so never ever compare d 2 teams

posted: 2013-12-25 00:19:34

Is ds what u call profesionalism? Mxm ds team is runned like a supermarket nw bobby is degrading it day by day

posted: 2013-12-25 01:23:48

So cheifs players are reaffirmed or wat?

posted: 2013-12-25 03:01:29

Well said brother. I also had the same problem. When I felt I was beaten in a debate, I resorted to insults. You may feel that that you are embarrassing the other party in front of other bloggers, but deep inside you know you are really a d.oos.

champ enigma
posted: 2013-12-25 03:46:07

So Suffer e clever. So they agreed with Khoza , Kaizer n Patrice but they included Pierats cows so that they can rest. Mxm thats double standard. This Madala is trying to get publicity at the expense of Kaizer Chiefs.

champ enigma
posted: 2013-12-25 03:47:15

Sorry excluded

posted: 2013-12-25 04:00:35

This is an insult to other South African local based players. Chan is supposed to be a platform for up an comming youngsters, where are the Amajita players. Safa must not come with politics here its not a Fifa sanctioned tournament.

posted: 2013-12-25 04:15:42

Spaza shop at its best!! Senior had a meeting and didn't convey the outcomes of the meeting to Bobby?? And now bobby looks like a fat fool

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