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Broos ‘Not Amused’ Over Tau & Maseko Absence

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos says he’s not amused by Percy Tau and Mamelodi Sundowns as he called for better communication.

South Africa convened today for camp at the High-Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria (TUKS) ahead of their final preparation games against eSwatini and Ivory Coast.

However, he claims he’s already not achieved the objective of the previous two camps due to a host of injuries and players pulling out of the games which serves as preparation for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Benin and Rwanda before AFCON in January.

“Unfortunately this camp is disturbed again by injuries like last month, we have Aubaas, Morena, Maseko… Maseko is something different, it’s the second time we have that surprise that he’s injured and suddenly he plays,” Broos said at the HPC today.

“It was last month with Mudau, this month, Maseko. I think we need better communication between the national team and clubs so we really know how much the players are injured and if he’s not ready to come with to national team.

“Then there’s the case of Percy Tau, we had contact last week, [and] for family reasons he [excused himself], and I understood it but on the other side, I’m really not amused that he played yesterday with Al Ahly.

“So I think clubs need to understand, that in very important periods they want their players but it’s the same case for me, for us as a national team. We’re in a very important period, we’re preparing for qualifiers next month and AFCON in January.

“So I hope a little bit more collaboration from [clubs] would be welcome. It means our goal is not achieved, that we have nearly the same squad that won against Morocco and building on that selection to have a very good team going into qualifiers and AFCON.”

South Africa take on eSwatini on Friday at FNB Stadium (18h00) before travelling to Ivory Coast this weekend to face the AFCON hosts next Tuesday.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.