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Notoane’s Disappointment Following Chauke’s Snub

By Velile Mnyandu

South African national U23 head coach David Notoane, has expressed his disappointment at Southampton midfielder Kgaogelo Chauke who has decided to snub SAFA and opted to pursue his international career with the England junior national teams.

iDiski Times exclusively reported earlier this week that Chauke, who was called up to the England U/18 national camp last year communicated through his parents to SAFA that he should not be considered for the Tokyo Olympics as he had made up his mind about turning out for England. 

It is a big blow to the hopes of Notoane and his technical team as SAFA had hoped to see him making his mark at the Olympics and eventually for Bafana Bafana as well, as they were hoping that as he makes his way up in the English Premiership, he would also become a Bafana Bafana star. Chauke had been expected to be part of the squad for the cancelled tournament in Dubai, where Notoane’s team was set to play Argentina, Brazil and South Korea. They will now face African U23 champions Egypt in two international friendly matches on 10 and 13 June in Cairo.  

Chauke, who was born in Mamelodi before leaving for England with his parents, has featured in eight Premier League U23 matches this season. He also played in the FA Cup for the senior team. 

“Yeah, look very disappointed. Because, a lot of noise has been coming out about us not considering players that are overseas based and that are of South African heritage. So the situation is what it is, you know, he’s committed his allegiance to England,” Notoane said.

“And yeah, you respect the decision of the player. But at the same time, it’s disappointing. But, you know, we move forward with what we have, we have more than enough talent in abundance in the country. 

“However, we still remain hopeful, of course that because for the country to succeed at the global level, you need the best of the best talents available. So hopefully, going forward, he has a change of heart and remains available for Bafana Bafana. But yeah, it’s what it is. “

It is not the first time that South Africa finds itself in this situation, back in the mid 1990’s, Durban born striker Sean Dundee who was based in Germany and was one of the leading strikers at the time even turning out for Liverpool in the English Premier League at the time. He turned down an opportunity to play for Bafana and missed out on the squad which won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 1996 on home soil as he opted to play for the German national team, a career that never really took off.  

“Yeah, look, we got the written confirmation through his agent, through the club as well, to say that that’s the position of the boy,” concluded Notoane on this Chauke’s decision. 

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