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"The Cooperation With Bafana Frustrates Us A Little Bit." Mokwena Dropped A Bombshell On Broos

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has been accused of attempting to undermine the senior men's national team by Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena.

After the Brazilians were held to a 2-2 draw away to Maniema Union in the first leg of their CAF Champions League second preliminary round clash at the Stade des Martyrs Stadium, Mokwena continued his verbal sparring with the seasoned Belgian strategist.

Broos, who is 69 years old, has accused Sundowns of making his team selection more difficult by scheduling Thabiso Kutumela's Covid-19 immunization within the international window.

After the final whistle in Kinsasha, Mokwena dismissed any claims that the national squad was being neglected in favor of club matters.

"With Bafana, it's a very, very difficult scenario," Mokwena confessed. "We can't even speak with the medical department," says one of the team members. We have no idea what Bafana's itinerary is or what their training program is like." There is no data, and we don't get training feedback in proportion to the [player training] burden." As a result, our collaboration with Bafana irritates us a little. Because, as Mamelodi Sundowns, we have always been the first to show a commitment to support the country.

"To support the cause and liberate as many employees as possible from Sundowns, including support structures, to represent Bafana Bafana."

Mokwena went on to say that many players have returned home injured from international service.

"In terms of the country's cause, Mamelodi Sundowns has always put Bafana Bafana ahead of its own cause in critical moments," Mokwena remarked.

"It's a little unfortunate that Thapelo [Morena] was injured even in the previous camp. He hasn't returned yet, and we're still giving him a couple of minutes today to bring him back into the swing of things." Of course, he has regained his fitness, resumed training, and resumed playing, but he is still not in competitive shape to be ready.

"Then there's Mothobi Mvala's situation, which is critical for us, particularly for this African journey and this assignment because of his body."

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, and Rushine de Reuck doesn't finish the game as a precautionary measure in our previous match against Swallows." He continues to play for Bafana Bafana despite a muscle issue. Thabiso Kutumela returns as well, but he is jaded and overworked, and he struggles with his performance.

"These are some of our disappointments, but it is what it is, and you must continue to support the national cause."

Broos and his technical team's training practices, according to Mokwena, are to blame for the numerous injuries.

"It's just sad that we don't receive any kind of response after the international break with the load." Not just from the technical team, but also from the medical department; yet, it is what it is, and the best we can do is focus on what we can control."

I emphasize that Mamelodi Sundowns will always look to help the national cause; it's simply regrettable that our players have been returning from international holidays with injury concerns."

These are all muscular injuries that are related to your training load, and we need to improve in that area and see how we can strengthen interactions between clubs and the national team.


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