The South African Football Association has confirmed a replacement for Mamelodi Sundowns forward Phakamani Mahlambi in Bafana Bafana’s COSAFA Cup squad.
Mahlambi was booted from the squad after he allegedly reported for camp under the influence and will now be replaced by Cape Town City winger Gift Links, who is no stranger to the national team set up.
According to Bafana head coach David Notoane, Mahlambi asked to be released from the team to deal with personal matters.
“Mahlambi reported for camp on Sunday like most of the players and we had a very long meeting with him and management. He asked to be released from the camp to deal with personal issues that I was aware of from the discussions that I had with his father,” said Notoane.
“We sat down with management and had to discuss the repercussions of us releasing the player from camp, and quickly had to find a replacement, which is why it has taken us a few days to report on the matter.
“I have now heard media reports that he was “booted” out of camp for alcohol abuse but we have no evidence of this. We have called up Gift Links who arrived today [Wednesday] and will continue with our preparations for the match on Sunday,” concluded Notoane.