Patosi picks up Lokeren fine

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After Patosi was not selected in the match day squad, he decided not to attend training on the Sunday morning as required, much to the annoyance of the club.

It comes after the Bafana Bafana midfielder had lost four kilograms due to extra training he had done in a bid to shed weight picked up due to his enjoying the excesses of living in Europe.

His latest misdemeanor is unlikely to get him closer to the first team and grows a reputation for petulance that any future suitors to his signature will not find appealing.

“Patosi spent the last week and a half working hard and he immediately lost four kilograms,” sporting director Willy Reynders told HLN.be. “The player would have expected that this industriousness would have earned him a place in the squad, but it turned out this was not to be.

“He responded through his disillusionment in an impulsive way by staying away [from training]. Of course we cannot accept this and he will get a hefty fine.”

Lokeren have said they will forgive the 22-year-old, again, and they say he needs to learn patience.

“We will do everything to get him back to the right level and we realise that we have to be very patient with him. That is now obvious to him also. He needs to prove long-term that he can be a professional. He knows in this instance he was wrong.”

Patosi was recently lambasted by his coach Peter Maes for living it large in Europe and neglecting his career, which sparked him into action with extra fitness work.

"It remains a mental problem with Ayanda," Maes told the Belgian publication Voetbalkrant. "He knows he has to fight against his body, he has to train hard to maintain his weight but he still does not. He has sinned much and does not live for his sport.

"Talent he has enough of, but he is unable to lead a structured life. He is not wise enough to get the most from his talent. He's finding it extremely difficult with life in Europe, the luxuries, the seductions, he can’t resist it."

Patosi did not endear himself to fans of the national team recently either after missing two flights and failing to link up with the Bafana squad for African Nations Cup qualifiers.

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