Safa ready to take Modise, Chenene matter further

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Pirates wrote to Safa requesting that Modise be released from the Bafana Bafana camp ahead of the international friendly against Canada, but Safa are adamant that the player is not going anywhere.

“It’s a Fifa date, so we won’t release the player. Period. No-one will force us to do so. If Pirates insist, we are willing to take the case to the highest office,” said a Safa official.

Chenene, on the other hand, might miss this weekend’s Soweto Derby if Safa have things their way.

Kick Off has learnt that the Pirates’ midfielder has elicited the wrath of the mother body after he failed to report to the Bafana camp.

Bafana team manager Sipho Nkumane says that they had written to Fifa about Chenene’s case.

“We haven’t received a good explanation from Pirates on why the player hasn’t arrived. We wrote to Fifa and the law will take its course,” Nkumane added.

Orlando Pirates head coach Owen da Gama told Kick Off earlier that they had sent a request to Safa and the coach Carlos Alberto Parreira to see if they could excuse the two players from the game.

The two, according to Da Gama, have been playing too many games this season already and he says it is starting to take its toll on them.

“We therefore felt it would be important for them to be removed from playing tomorrow. We have been very cooperative with the national team and we hope they understand our concern. It is just a humble request from us to Safa to grant the two players ‘leave’ from the upcoming fixture,” he adds.

“Teko told me he feels tired and wanted to rest for some games. In Chenene’s case, it is worse because he has a swollen ankle and that’s why we only played him for a few minutes in yesterday’s Moqhaka tournament.”