Bafana Bafana Thabiso Kutumela


Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos appears to have clarified the saga on the availability of attacker Thabiso Kutumela and a potential war of words with Mamelodi Sundowns.

Broos cut a frustrated figure earlier in the week as he hit out at certain clubs 'not playing ball' ahead of a World Cup qualifying double-header against Ethiopia.

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The Belgian accused Sundowns of attempts at sabotage after scheduling Kutumela to receive his Covid-19 vaccine jab during the international window.

"Kutumela is still here," Broos confirmed.

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"I said very clearly that because he was vaccinated, the risk was there that he could have symptoms after that so the two following days after the vaccine are crucial.

"You can have symptoms like fever, coughing and flu-like symptoms and so, therefore, I was a little bit anxious. It could happen but Kutumela stays with us till Monday and wasn't withdrawn. Today we can say that this risk is gone.

"There is no risk anymore where there could have been symptoms. There was no one moment that I thought I should withdraw Kutumela but only when he could have had symptoms. He doesn't have them so Kutumela stays with us till and did all the training so there is no problem, and he goes with us to Ethiopia."

The Belgian added that Bafana have had a progressive week in training following some controversy in the build-up to their two fixtures.

"We have two good tactical sessions for the game on Saturday, so I think we are ready for Saturday. I’m happy and let us hope we have a good result on Saturday," Broos added.

Bafana are due to fly out to Ethiopia on Thursday ahead of an away clash on Saturday at the Bahir Dar Stadium before a return leg at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday.