Mendes misses out on international duty


While most of the foreign players in SA’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) are away on international duty for their respective nations, Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Jonas Mendes has been forced to stay behind.

This comes after his country’s friendly match against Benin was cancelled.

Benin have reportedly cited financial challenges as the reason to cancel the match which was to take place on Sunday at the Stade Charles de Gaulle, Benin.

The 29-year-old has been in fine form for Black Leopards and was rewarded with a man of the match against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Mendes says he was looking forward to joining the rest of his country mates before he received a call from the association informing him of the cancellation.

“My association told me that Benin cancelled the match so we will no longer be having a game in this FIFA period,” Mendes informed

“The coach (Baciro Cande) also called me telling me that the match was being cancelled. I don’t know why but apparently it was about money or something like that. But I am here I am working hard to be better every day and to do well for the team,” he said.

Mendes, who is also capable of playing as a striker, has been Guinea Bissau’s player of the year five years running. He is also the most capped player for the African wild dogs with 37 appearances.

By Ofhani Munyai

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