Mahlangu banned from national call-ups
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has barred IFK Goteborg midfielder, May Mahlangu, from future national call-ups, after he said he was unavailable for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Sudan.
Mahlangu was called up by Bafana Bafana head coach, Shakes Mashaba, to participate in the AFCON qualifying games against Sudan as well as Nigeria this month, but was sent an email in which Mahlangu stated that he that he will be unavailable due to fatigue, “after playing to many matches.”
SAFA Chief Executive, Dennis Mumble, said that Mahlangu’s behaviour will not be tolerated and added that the midfielder has now retired himself from international football.
“There is no need to press [for a] disciplinary hearing. Mahlangu will not be called up for any Bafana duties anymore.
"This should send a clear message that, as an association, we will not tolerate an individual who does not take national call-ups seriously," Mumble said.
Mashaba said that he was disgusted with the Mahlangu’s behaviour, adding that his team would carry on well without him.
"The next time these players are not called up, you must understand what the reason is. When I took up this position, I raised the question of patriotism, which is the most important thing," Mashaba said.
"When the player comes out and says he's tired when he is picked for the national team, what about the players who have been sacrificing their time for the team? Those are the players we need to look at."
The Bafana coach said that he is confident in his team for Saturday’s game, as they will be playing at home at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
"It will be a good thing if we win at home because we have been winning away and by the time we get home, the celebration has already subsided.
"We want to win at home and we want to see how our people celebrate [the win]. It will be a good thing for us to win on Saturday."
A win against Sudan will guarantee Bafana a spot in the 2015 AFCON tournament.
Photo Caption: May Mahlangu has been banned from national call-ups. Photo courtesy of www.omgghana.com
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