Baxter suspicious of Mothiba injury
Posted: 4 September 2018 Time: 10:00
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter is unimpressed with French club Strasbourg FC, who say Lebo Mothiba is unavailable for the 2019 AFCON qualifier with Libya due to an injury.
According to Baxter, Strasbourg, who signed Mothiba from Lille for a reported R135-million last week, say the striker has torn a hamstring and will be out of action for 10 to 15 days.
However, Baxter says no supporting medical documents were forwarded to SAFA at the time the message was communicated, which he considers "amateurish".
If the Brit doesn't get the information he requires he has threatened to report the Ligue One side to FIFA over the matter.
"Let me just let you into the world of the South African national team coach," Baxter said at a press conference at the Hilton hotel in Durban on Monday.
"You select your squad and then you get the player before the game asking if he can come a day late; obviously some sort of pressure from his club. We then have the game and the day of the game we get a very cryptic email from his club secretary saying he has a physical problem. We don't get any contact from the doctors, so we tried to contact the doctor.
"Last night [Sunday] late at 23h30 the doctor [Leglogonolo Mampane] knocks on my door and says actually we got an email from them [Strasbourg] saying that he's going for the scan. The doctor, now when we landed in Durban [Monday], gets another email saying that he has a grade two hamstring tear, which is not going to be healed within 10 to 15 days.
"So I say to the doctor [Mampane], given the way this has gone down, I want a picture. I want a scan, an actual scan that you can look at and you can say to me 'Coach, this is not so bad, bring him here we'll assess him', or 'coach forget about this one, you need to call someone up'.
"Until we have that scan, I think the way this has gone down has been totally amateurish and therefore I'm going to make a decision whether I recommend to take them to FIFA to report them for disrupting our camp. Or we'll look at the scan and say it's not worth it and let's just get on with our life and bring someone else in."