Mozambique FA Expresses Disappointment as Kaizer Chiefs Pull Star Defender Edmilson Dove from COSAFA Cup Opener Against South Africa in Gqeberha

Late Change of Plans

In an unexpected turn, Kaizer Chiefs have made a last-minute decision to pull key defender Edmilson Dove from the Mozambique national team squad just before their first match in the 2024 COSAFA Cup in Gqeberha.

Impact on Tonight’s Game

Dove, who was set to play against Bafana Bafana tonight at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (kick-off 18:00), will now be absent for the entire tournament.

Club’s Decision

This move came after Chiefs requested that the Mozambique FA withdraw Dove from the squad, a decision communicated mere hours before kick-off.

Time Constraints

According to a statement from the Mozambique FA, Chiefs only responded to their request about Dove’s availability on Tuesday afternoon, leaving little room for adjustments.

Dove’s Perspective

Speaking to SABC Sport in Gqeberha, Dove, whose contract with Chiefs is ending soon, expressed his national pride in representing Mozambique but acknowledged Chiefs’ stance.

Club’s Strategy

Chiefs’ decision seems aimed at retaining Dove amidst preparations for the upcoming season, including a planned pre-season trip to Turkey.

Technical Evaluation

With new coach Nasreddine Nabi set to assess the squad, Chiefs are keen on having all players available for pre-season training and evaluations.

Looking Forward

As the COSAFA Cup kicks off, Chiefs are focused on breaking their nine-year trophy drought, with preparations underway for a rigorous pre-season ahead.

 

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