Bafana Bafana vs. Sundowns – Coaches Clash Over Injured Players Ahead of Algeria Match

Bafana Bafana vs. Sundowns – Coaches Clash Over Injured Players Ahead of Algeria Match

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos and Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena find themselves at odds once again, this time concerning squad selection and player injuries.

Previous Dispute and Allegations

Last month, Mokwena voiced concerns that half of his players returned from the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) with injuries and niggles.

He accused Broos of selecting players for Afcon matches despite their existing injuries.

Current Disagreement

Recently, several Sundowns players were called up to the squad to face Andorra and Algeria, drawing criticism from Mokwena.

He highlighted specific players, such as Ronwen Williams and Teboho Mokoena, who were dealing with shoulder and knee injuries respectively since Afcon.

Mokwena’s Concerns and Response

Mokwena expressed concern over the condition of these players and questioned their fitness for the upcoming matches.

Despite resting some players against Maritzburg, he indicated that they might still join the Bafana squad for the Algeria trip.

Broos’ Reaction and Criticism

In response to Mokwena’s comments, Broos criticized him for not directly informing Bafana’s medical team about the players’ injuries.

He emphasized the need for official medical reports rather than relying on rumors or statements to the press.

Expectation for Transparency and Medical Reports

Broos stressed the importance of clear communication between the clubs and the national team regarding player injuries.

He emphasized that only the doctors from both Bafana and Sundowns should determine the players’ fitness levels.

Resolution and Expectations

Broos expressed his expectation for the Sundowns players to join the national team camp as scheduled, highlighting the need for cooperation and transparency between the clubs and the national team.


The disagreement between Broos and Mokwena underscores the complexities surrounding squad selection and player fitness in international football.

As the situation unfolds, it remains imperative for both parties to prioritize the well-being of the players while fostering effective communication to resolve any disputes amicably.

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