Broos accuses Mamelodi Sundowns of sabotage as attacker Thabiso Kutumela withdraws from Bafana camp


Head coach Hugo Broos has accused DStv Premiership side Mamelodi Sundowns of attempts at sabotage after the withdrawal of attacker Thabiso Kutumela ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.

The 28-year-old failed to join up with the national team for the crucial double-header qualifiers against Ethiopia on 9 and 12 October.

Kutumela joins Orlando Pirates midfielder Goodman Mosele in failing to honour a national team call-up after having his Covid-19 vaccination scheduled during the international break.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's away encounter, Broos hit out at recent incidents that could be viewed as intentional sabotage which have hampered his squad preparations.

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"Yesterday [Monday], I was a frustrated coach because I get the feeling a little bit that some people in this country don't want Bafana Bafana to be a successful team," Broos said.

"Three months ago when I came here, I wanted to organise two friendly games but I had to cancel one because it was made impossible. Then there was a meeting with the coaches. I wanted to meet with all the coaches from the GladAfrica Champions and the Premiership; it was not possible.

"Then there was an incident with Orlando Pirates where I and my assistant were not allowed to see their game against Sundowns.

"Then yesterday, [Monday] Sundowns organised a vaccination for Thabiso Kutumela. I have nothing against vaccination because it is a good thing if you are vaccinated but I’m against the timing. You organise a vaccination during a camp.

"The Fifa rule says that after the last games, you have to release the players. No activity is possible during the Fifa period in the club, but they organised a vaccination. Because Thabiso was not there, we couldn't refuse it; the club pays him, so I had to change all my plans."

The Belgian then shared his frustration at recent incidents such as Mosele failing to meet up for the national team camp that has hampered the national team since his appointment.

"He is unreachable. We tried to phone him and we don’t know whether he was on his way or not so I had to replace him. That was a big surprise for me that a player doesn’t come to the national team.

"So, I have a feeling that some clubs in the country are more important than Bafana.

"I want to do good work here but if every camp I have such kind of problems then it becomes frustrating. I hope teams know that during Fifa week they have to release players.

"If they are not cooperative then it will be difficult for me."

Kick-off at the Bahir Dar Stadium is at 15:00.