Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has moved to set the record straight regarding midfielder, Bongani Zungu.
Ntseki and Zungu are set to meet as soon as the latter returns to Mzansi. Even SAFA president Danny Jordaan has said that he would meet Zungu to clear the air.
This comes after Zungu was left out of the Bafana squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sao Tome and the midfielder didn’t take kindly to his omission.
Ntseki, however, has insisted that he doesn’t hold any grudge against Zungu.
“I kept on saying Zungu is like any other South African player that is eligible to play for Bafana Bafana. I never said Zungu will never play for Bafana Bafana,” Ntseki told IOL Sports.
“But in terms of our selection criteria, everything that has to do with the game itself, the challenges, preparations and travelling, we felt certain players shouldn’t be part of that team and certain players should be selected for that camp,” added Ntseki.
Zungu was part of the Bafana team that took part in the Afcon last year in Egypt, with Bafana exiting the tournament at the quarterfinals stage.
“I don’t have anything personal against anybody. If I have to draw a list of players that were supposed to have been selected, and explain to you each why he was not selected, I think, we will talk the whole day,” Ntseki countered.
“We are also giving too much attention to Zungu not being selected. It disadvantages other players that we are not talking about.
“Every parent, every South African and every coach would love to see a player of Zungu’s calibre, a player of Lebo Phiri’s calibre and Kamohelo Mokotjo’s calibre doing very well wherever they are,” Ntseki stated.
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