Monare pained by Bafana snub


Bafana coach Stuart Baxter named a 24-man squad featuring several new faces to take on Seychelles in back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers this month.

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However, as usual, there were a number of players who never made the cut that left many fans questioning their omissions.

Monare, who has been a key figure for The Clever Boys since his arrival from Jomo Cosmos at the start of the 2015/16 season, was amongst those who made their feelings known.

The 29-year-old posted a tweet questioning his own nationality, saying, "Myb im not South African I jst dont know yet [sic]", but has since deleted it.

The former Comos pivot, who last donned the national team jersey in a CHAN qualifier against Mauritius in July 2015, has since explained his outpouring of emotion.

"To be honest, you always feel some type of way when you don't get to represent your country, especially when it's something you've always wanted," Monare explains to

"It's been a while that I've felt like this [unnoticed]. For the last three years I've been consistent, and I was nominated for midfielder of the season [in 2016/17].

"I was hoping that my chance would come again, more so now because we have guys like Bongani Zungu out through injury. But it's painful to still miss out."

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Monare, though, assures he will continue to focus on contributing to his club side, who take on Cape Town City in an Absa Premiership clash at the Cape Town Stadium this evening (19h30).

"The way I feel about it won't affect my focus. I play for Wits and we also have goals as a team, so there's no way that will affect me," he adds.

"Even though I've felt the frustration of being overlooked for a while now, it has never affected my game. I've continued to give my best for my club.

"Yesterday I just let it out, but it's in the past now and I've deleted it. Whoever was offended by it, I'd like to apologise. I'd still love to represent my country one day."

Orlando Pirates midfielder Xola Mlambo is another notable absentee from the Bafana squad, but Baxter has since provided insight into his omission.