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Patosi's club snubs Bafana

By Nick Said | Dec 13, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

AYANDA Patosi's dream of a Bafana Bafana debut against Malawi has been dashed after his Belgian club Lokeren said it would not release him for the friendly.

Patosi received a first international call-up for the game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on December 22 after a fine season in Belgium, where he has emerged as a genuine star of the league.

But such is his importance to his club that Lokeren say they will not release him for the game as they face Darren Keet's Kortrijk on December 21.

Lokeren also have a league match against Cercle Brugge on December 26, their last before the winter break, meaning the earliest he could likely link up with the Bafana squad is on December 28.

"We will not allow him to go, he is too important for our team," said Lokeren sporting director Willy Reynders. "We need Patosi against Kortrijk."

Lokeren are under no obligation to release Patosi as the match against Malawi falls outside of the Fifa match calendar.

Teams are only required to release players two weeks before the start of major continental championships, meaning January 5 for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

It is a blow for the player, who is trying to convince national team coach Gordon Igesund that he deserves a place in his Nations Cup squad.

As Igesund is due to announce his final selection for the tournament on December 30, that would give him two days in camp at best.

Patosi has scored six goals in 19 starts for Lokeren this season, including a wonder-strike that went viral and brought him to the attention of the world.

COMMENTS [ 15 ]

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Hade boy , I wanted to see u playing le Thulani Serero , otherwise all the best for your next game , hope you will make it to the national team for AFCON..

Dec 13, 2012 8:28 | 0 replies

Nwanawamukalaha
Fair enough considering that the Malawi game is just a friendly game - bread and butter duty calls Patosi
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TRUE

Dec 13, 2012 3:0 | 0 replies

one of you tube players! i saw his goal in you tube it was a nice goal so GI called him

Dec 13, 2012 12:2 | 0 replies

GOALMOUTH
dump comment you are making. ANC conference is going around different provinces. Does polokwane ring bells

Dec 13, 2012 11:16 | 0 replies

This boy is on fire

Dec 13, 2012 10:38 | 0 replies

@ Mjoka

Y must u spoil our blogg with politics. Stop this xenophobic tendency and grow up. If EC was so important y does ANC not hold its conference there instead of Mangaung. Y is GP carrying 12 million people majority been frm EC and u never hear Sowetans talk kak? Y r u even in the Sowetan Blogg for sowetans instead of some paper from EC? STOP IT XENO!!!!!!!!!!

Until Rodants feel Orlando Stadium.

Dec 13, 2012 10:14 | 0 replies

I don't blame them, AFCON has lost its value due to greedy of the Officials, how long is the President going to stay there? he is old, how much money do the winner gets after winning the compedition? less than what PSL Q1 pays?

Dec 13, 2012 10:6 | 0 replies

@ imbabazane

I am a proud Xhosa but i second u, our province is a disgrace to think of people who emerge from that province yet we are the worst illgoverned province.
Shameless people chow state money without fear.

u wonder what do they do with their budgets every year

Dec 13, 2012 9:47 | 0 replies

Fair enough considering that the Malawi game is just a friendly game - bread and butter duty calls Patosi.

Dec 13, 2012 9:46 | 0 replies

but I thout the CEO was excited just yesterday...

Dec 13, 2012 9:45 | 0 replies

imbabazane
MJOKA
xhosas are everywhere and they are dominating in soccer in Europe

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Hehehehe, okay. Now, ask your Xhosas to get their house in order in the EC, its a shame that such a big province does not have a psl team.
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in South Africa we don't care about soccer as xhosas, soccer is for those illitrate boys from soweto, our focus is to rule our country that is why we dominating SA politics yava ke...

Dec 13, 2012 9:39 | 0 replies