According to the Sunday Times, there’s a growing discontent and some players are seriously thinking about not turning up when Bafana resume their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign and have pleaded with Safa to step in and resolve the looming crisis.
This comes just days after Netherlands-based Kamohelo Mokotjo announced on his Instagram account that he will not honour any Bafana call-ups after failing to get game time under Mashaba.
A Bafana player who asked to remain anonymous told the Sunday newspaper that they’ve often approached games blind with little in the way of preparation and tactics.
”There are games where we met as players and advised each other on how to handle the opposition. Seriously! We would say ‘gents, let us just go out and do what we do at our clubs and take it from there’. We went into those games without the coach telling us anything as far as tactics are concerned.
”Some of us are saying it’s becoming difficult to return to play for the national team because we are being treated like children here.”
Another player accused Mashaba of favouritism, claiming that it was this perception that motivated Mokotjo to take matters into his own hands and quit the national side.
“To be fair, [Mashaba] plays [Andile] Jali attacking and that’s his position [but] he plays most players out of position. Serero they play him left wing. When did you ever see Serero at left wing? You won’t get the best out of Serero … I respect him but he puts favourites before performance,” said the player, who also wanted to remain anonymous.