Orlando Pirates co-caretaker coach Mandla Ncikazi has given an update on midfielder Goodman Mosele after he had not pitched up to the Bafana Bafana camp.
The 21-year-old received his first call-up to the senior national team but didn’t arrive at the camp, with coach Hugo Broos publicly expressing his anger about the situation.
Mosele had not been in the two Pirates’ squads since the international break but is back in training, the coach confirmed.
“Sometimes it’s sad when you read some of the articles in the media that are not true, a lot of speculation and for me it becomes very irresponsible when (I read) some of the statements that come out of the media, whether through the national team coach or anybody,” he said when asked by iDiski Times about the player.
“The situation of Mosele, if you are in a position that I’m in, is very sad, without revealing too much. But I understand his situation and if the coach chooses to choose him or not, it’s in his right to do that.
“But in a position that the boy was in, I’m fully supportive of what happened to him and right now he’s back in training and we support his cause as a club and as coaches of him.”
Ncikazi, though, also insisted that he isn’t fully happy with the way Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has handled the whole situation, saying the midfielder has his full support.
“But what the coach says about players and how he says it, sometimes I wish it could be controlled and to be done in a better manner. But I’m not in his shoes. If I were to be in his shoes, I’d do things differently.”
When contacted by iDiski Times about the player, Mosele’s agent confirmed that the Pirates midfielder is much better.
“It’s been very unfortunate what has happened with Goodman, not intentional, he has got the full support of his club, Orlando Pirates and SSG as his management team, collectively we will support him wholeheartedly,” he said.
“Communication is always key and that is and will be ongoing with the relevant parties including with the NT.”