KO headache for Amakhosi
KAIZER Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo yesterday slammed the refusal by soccer bosses to switch their Telkom Knockout match against Bidvest Wits on Friday night as "senseless".
The match is scheduled for Milpark Stadium just two days after six of their players return from friendly matches for Bafana Bafana against Poland in Warsaw and Kenya in Nairobi last night.
Khumalo, a former Bafana player, said that staging the Telkom last 16 clash so soon after the players' return "did no justice to the game".
The six Chiefs players who toured with Bafana are Itumeleng Khune, Eric Mathoho, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala, George Lebese and Bernard Parker.
"Whoever took this decision from the cup committee did not apply logic. No one seems to have taken into account the fact that we have more than eight players doing duty for their respective national teams," said Khumalo.
Kingston Nkhatha and Lincoln Zvasiya have also been away with Zimbabwe for Nations Cup qualifiers that took place at the weekend.
"It was senseless and no justice has been done to the game or Chiefs. We would have liked to see the PSL acknowledge that we have players in the national team serving their country," Khumalo said.
The PSL said Amakhosi had complained about the Friday fixture when the dates for the Telkom Knockout matches were announced last week.
But, according to the league, shifting the games around would have "inconvenienced everyone".
"It is not only Chiefs who have players in the national team because there are also players from Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates who are scheduled to play on Saturday," said PSL spokesperson Connie Motshumi. "We received their letter last week and immediately wrote back to say we would not be making any changes."