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Ayanda Patosi withdrawn from Bafana Bafana squad

Posted: 28 December 2012 Time: 16:41

Bafana Bafana’s new kid on the block, Belgium-based Ayanda Patosi, has been withdrawn from the training camp currently underway.

The forward missed the first training session on Thursday afternoon as he was nursing an ankle injury. He trained for only a few minutes on Friday morning but felt some discomfort, forcing him to watch the rest of training from the sidelines.

The player has been released from camp and is expected to travel home to Cape Town this evening.

“It is such a pity that he will not be with us owing to injury but he is a young man and should be fine,” Gordon Igesund says.

“I would have loved to work with him but his injury prevented us from doing so. He is a player for the future, hopefully some day he will return to the national team fold.”

Patosi sustained the ankle injury in his Lokeren’s last League match before heading to South Africa. He is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks.

“I am so disappointed that I will not be part of the Afcon 2013 tournament, I had such high hopes of playing for my country. But being called up for this training camp is in itself a great motivation and will make sure I work harder to return to the national team fold,” the player says.

“I really enjoyed my time here, with a great bunch of talented players, unfortunately the injury cut short my stay. I am proud to have come this far and can only wish the boys all the best in the tournament.”

He becomes the third player to drop out of the squad owing to injury, after striker Benni McCarthy and defender Mulomowandau Mathoho withdrew yesterday, while Thulani Serero is also a doubt.

Previous comments on this story...

Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 04:47 pm
Shabba's muti
posted: 04:47 pm
Wish you a speedy recovery, I can't wait to see you playing for Bafana next time.
posted: 04:49 pm
Sorry u Agent, I said it the boy is injured, I think nw G.I has his final 23, lets support the boys
sandile cele sc
posted: 05:39 pm
Hury hury boy u a still young SA experting more from u;wish speed recovery u also talented
posted: 08:04 pm
I suspect Andile jali's witchcraft. Believe it or not.
posted: 09:55 pm
Was there no communication between Bafana's medical team and Lokeren's doctors before the boy even bother to waste our time by going to the camp while knowning he is injured?Cmon now,Safa khanibe serious.
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