Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Mandla Masango says the fact that there are no Amakhosi players in Bafana Bafana’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) squad shouldn’t matter, as it’s also proving that no one is guaranteed a spot in the team because of the club they play for.
Chiefs have endured a tough couple of seasons that have seen players slowly not getting the nod from Bafana selectors.
Coach Hugo Broos had named two players Pule Mmodi and Sibongiseni Mthethwa in his preliminary AFCON squad, however the pair did not crack the final list, with Mthethwa one of the reserve players.
Masango told iDiski Times in edition 136 of the newspaper that the team is for all eligible South Africans and not just Chiefs and neighbours Orlando Pirates.
“Like I said, the national team is not for Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates only,” Masango told iDiski Times.
“It’s for everyone eligible to play for Bafana Bafana, irrespective of which club you play for. As long as you’ve got a green ID like you’re registered as a South African citizen, then you stand a chance of playing for Bafana.
“So we can’t just solely say there are no Chiefs players. Whoever is there is representing Bafana Bafana and South Africa at large.”
Masango went further to say the criticism the team has faced from the public and media before the tournament started was unwarranted and unfair.
“Like I said during my last interview talking about Bafana Bafana, all they need is the love and support from every individual who is a South African,” he continued.
“As much as you criticise, even constructive criticism, we haven’t even started playing. Why are you criticising?”
“I mean, we need to support. As I said, we need to follow the rugby guys where before they left, there was no criticism. Everyone was positive.
“Why can’t we do the same with football, especially Bafana Bafana? They need our love and support.
“And as journalists, you need to write good stories about them irrespective of what the supporters’ opinions are because if I crush you even before the tournament starts, what am I saying to you?”
You can read Masango’s full interview with iDiski Times Senior Writer Lorenz Köhler in edition 136 available on the website.