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Ntseki Reveals Squad Selection & Camp Dilemma From First Break

Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki spoke to iDiski Times’ Velile Mnyandu shortly after the international break, and discussed his thought process regarding his selection.

Having to deal with a pandemic-interrupted season, and a length break between seeing his stars, Ntseki revealed the complications that they had to deal with.

“People will be talking about challenges, people will be saying we now sound like spent records of talking about COVID, and all of that,” he said in his exclusive interview.

“But that is the truth, the reality of the situation, players came out of the bubble, local players. And as a result, they went out for an off-season.

“And then we selected them during the off-season. So we were very much worried and cautious about the physical load to put into the players – during the two days sessions that we had, before we played the match against Namibia, and in one session, before we played Zambia.

“All those challenges, tactically, that was the most important part of it. Typical cohesion, social cohesion, bringing the players into camp after a very long time, and looking at their faces and the equation.

“I think that that is an achievement from our side, because what you’re working on, they were very positive. And they absorbed whatever information that we had to put in the three sessions we had, which was good for us, the response was very positive.”

Of course, the results were not as positive, and Velile dives into that topic, along with the media storm surround Bongani Zungu’s exclusion, in the first edition of iDiski Times.

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