Mothobi Mvala of Sundowns during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between South Africa and Ghana at FNB Stadium.
Image: Veli Nhlapo
After some of the club's important players returned with injuries or weary from recent national team camps, Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena expressed his growing frustration to the Bafana coaching team and medical department.
Mokwena took a shot at the national team, claiming that contact with them has been poor, implying that they aren't even informed of training schedules.
Sundowns were without injured Rushine de Reuck and Mothobi Mvala when they played Maniema Union in the CAF Champions League preliminary second round first leg at Stade des Martyrs on Sunday, drawing 2-2 without a number of their important players. Thabiso Kutumela appeared to be exhausted.
"The situation with Bafana is very challenging since we can't even connect with the medical department," Mokwena added. "We don't know what Bafana's itinerary is." Bafana's training routine is unknown to us. We don't get any load feedback throughout training. There isn't any information.
"As a result, our work with Bafana irritates us a little." Sundowns has always been the first to exhibit desire to assist the national team over the years."
Mokwena went on to say that they have tried to accommodate Bafana more than other teams in South Africa, and that they have even freed several members of the technical staff to help the national squad throughout the years.
"The club has always put Bafana ahead of the country's cause in various moments," he remarked.
"It's regrettable that Thapelo [Morena] returned wounded even in the prior camp." We're still working on getting him back into the swing of things. Today [Sunday], we allowed him a few minutes.
"Of course, he's regained his fitness, resumed training, and resumed playing, but he's still not in competitive shape."
"Then there's Mvala, who is very crucial to us, especially for this African journey and this job because of his physique. His ability to win aerial duels, as well as his ability to control and give us a bit more competitiveness in midfield, are also valuable assets.
"Then he comes back from Bafana and he's hurt, you know, and De Reuck doesn't finish the game against Swallows as a precautionary measure owing to a muscular problem in our previous match." He is still a member of Bafana Bafana. Kutumela also returns, but he is jaded and overworked, and he struggles with his performance."
When Sundowns face Golden Arrows at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium tomorrow, they will be looking to maintain their PSL supremacy (3.30pm).
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