Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Farouk Khan has defended Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos for not selecting any Kaizer Chiefs players in the current national team squad.
Broos announced his final 24-man squad on Thursday afternoon that’s going to face Liberia in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifications. The Belgian-born didn’t select a single player from Amakhosi for the first time since he joined Bafana Bafana. Khan insists Broos is not being unfair but that his selection is purely based on his philosophy and what he wants.
“I don’t believe the coach was being unfair [to not select Kaizer Chiefs players]. He is an experienced and qualified coach who has won the Africa Cup of Nations [with Cameroon]. He picks players based on his philosophy and expectations,” Khan told ThisIsFootball.Africa
However, Khan claims he would want to see Mduduzi Shabalala in the future Bafana squad and Ashley Du Preez who has been doing well for the Soweto giants recently.
“Personally, I would like to see Shabalala, a player who spent a short period in development get an opportunity and Du Preez, an exciting player who has huge potential.
“[Keagan] Dolly has not improved since joining the club,” he stated.
The Stars of Africa Football Academy director has produced quality players at Kaizer Chiefs’ academy like Nhlanhla Kubeka, Gerald Sibeko and Thabiso Malatsi in the early 2000s to slot into the first team. In 2004 and 2005 he served as an assistant coach to Ted Dumitru and won two league titles. He added that it’s disappointing for a big club like Kaizer Chiefs to not have players selected for the national team.
“As for a club with Chiefs’ rich history and pedigree, it is hugely disappointing.
“I am sure they will look to ensure that they have representation in the senior national team where selection is not based merely on who you play for,” he concluded.
Brandon Peterson was the only Kaizer Chiefs player who was selected in the preliminary squad but wasn’t called for the final squad.
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