Bucs may face the music over Chenene


Chenene was scheduled to go to Durban for training for the international friendly game against Canada at the Absa Stadium on Tuesday.

Chenene took South African football fraternity and Bafana Bafana technical team by surprise when he walked onto the field in Free State yesterday.

Bafana manager Sipho Nkumane has confirmed that all players selected for the game against Canada are already in camp in Durban with the exception of Chenene.

He added that they would talk to Safa CEO Raymond Hack about Orlando Pirates failure to release the player.

“I was surprised when I saw Chenene walking onto the pitch in Free State yet he was supposed to be in camp in Durban. I immediately called Pirates’ manager Shakes Mashaba yesterday, who told me that they have recalled back Chenene to the team so that he could start preparing for the weekend derby against Kaizer Chiefs.”

“I never expected Mashaba, who has coached Bafana in the past, to act like this. He used to complain about teams failing to release players for national team duties and now he is singing a different tune.

“I am not in position to say what disciplinary measures, if any, are going to be taken against Pirates but this is real sad situation when we are preparing for the World Cup.

Mashaba was unable to respond to questions by Kick Off yesterday as he was busy with his team preparing for the final against Supersport United in the Moqhaka Charity Cup.

Nkumane also disclosed that goalkeeper MoeneebJosephs has been withdrawn from the team to play against Canada due to injury and Itumeleng Khune has taken his place.