The comments made by Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos about Golden Arrows goalkeeper Sifiso Mlungwana have been met with criticism from different sections of the football fraternity.
Broos told the media that Mlungwana is a bit overweight, hence he dropped him from the Bafana 23-men squad that will be doing duty in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Ghana.
Renowned goalkeeper coach Sipho Zimba has revealed to FARPost that Broos’s comments are uncalled for.
“You can’t comment like that as an international coach to a player. How does the player feel about those comments, it’s wrong,” said Zimba.
“How can he say that about a player, that boy is still young and he comes from rural areas where his body condition was not a problem for him.
“He should have suggested ways of conditioning the player to make him better. He is very talented and he is doing well for his team, so you can’t just ignore talent and focus on his body alone,” argued Zimba.
“Why don’t you engage him in camp in terms of body conditioning as a player and assess him there, instead of making public comments about him?
“You can’t make such comments about a player when you have not interacted with him about his weight and see if he does not change,” Zimba continued.
“That boy (Mlungwana) has been doing a fantastic job for his club and when they call him they don’t play him, even for U23 he didn’t play.
“He came back to his club and continued to do good work, so for me it’s something that we cannot condone from any international coach to talk about a player like that,” echoed Zimba.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter