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Broos accuses clubs of dishonesty over player withdrawals

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Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is unhappy that Percy Tau played for Al Ahly on Sunday after being excused from international duty and has also implied that Mamelodi Sundowns have not been honest about player injuries in recent times.

Percy Tau, who scored two goals in Al Ahly’s 3-1 league win over Ismaily, has withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad for friendlies against Eswatini and Ivory Coast, citing “family reasons”. 

Broos has called Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Mduduzi Mdantsane to the Bafana Bafana squad to replace Tau. Bafana Bafana will tackle Eswatini at FNB Stadium on Friday before travelling to Ivory Coast for the second match on Tuesday. 


“I had contact with Percy last week, and he said for family reasons he wouldn’t like to be here with us, and I understood it, but on the other hand, I am not amused that he played yesterday with Al Ahly,” said Broos. 

Percy Tau in action for hugo broos

“Unfortunately, this camp is again disturbed by injuries like last month. We had [Bathusi] Aubaas, [Thapelo] Morena, [Innocent] Maela and [Thapelo] Maseko [missing the camp]. 

“Maseko is something different. It’s the second time that we have that surprise that the player is injured, and then suddenly, he plays. 

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“Last month, it happened with [Khuliso] Mudau and this month, it’s Maseko [who came off the bench in Sundowns’ MTN8 final penalty shootout defeat to Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday].”

Hugo Broos added: “I think we need better communication between me, our national team and clubs so that we really, really know how much the player is injured and if he’s not ready to come to the national team.

“So, I think clubs have to understand that in very important periods, they want to have their players.

“But it’s the same case for me, for us as the national team. We are in a very important period at the moment. We are in preparations for [the World Cup] qualifiers next month, and we are also preparing for AFCON in January. I hope for a little bit more collaboration from that side.”

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