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Broos Explains Why He Subbed Mabasa After 35 Mins

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has explained why he subbed Tshegofatso Mabasa after just 35 minutes against Ethiopia.

The Orlando Pirates striker earned a call-up into Broos’ squad for his fine form with the Buccaneers after returning from a lengthy injury spell.

The coach even opted to start Mabasa in the away fixture in Ethiopia but replaced him with Victor Letsoalo after just 35 minutes.

The Belgian tactician now explained that he felt like Mabasa was too nervous and he had to make the decision to replace him for the better of the team.

“I look at it for the interest of the team and in certain moments, like for Mabasa I know it is very disappointing and painful for a player after 30 minutes,” Broos told Thomas Mlambo on the Ultimate Sport Show.

“But it was in the interest of the team. 

“I think that Tshegofatso was too nervous and it cut his legs. I saw him running on the field after 10 minutes and I said to my assistant ‘what’s happening with him? That is not Mabasa from his club’

“There was no aggressivety, there was no speed. I think he was so nervous for his first cap that it cut his legs. 

“At that moment as a coach, you have to do something. You can’t think, yes it’s painful for the player to I leave him, no!

“For me the team is the most important thing and names are not important.”

Mabasa made his Bafana Bafana debut in a CHAN qualifier against Zambia in 2017, but had not been in the national team squad since.

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