Midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo expressed doubts about honouring Bafana Bafana call-ups after suggesting national coach Shakes Mashaba had a “personal” issue against him.

Speaking in the Dutch media, Mokotjo was incensed that he received no game time in the recent Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Cameroon.


“[Mashaba] clearly has a problem with me,” Mokotjo told De Telegraaf.

“It’s really a personal thing. He selected me just to silence the critics. Everyone wants me to play.

“I am one of the highest-rated players in South Africa but he continues to treat me [like this].

“And then he also has a big mouth in the media. Am I still available for the national team? I’ll have to think about it.”

Mokotjo has been one of the top performing midfielders in the Dutch league over the past three seasons but has featured only four times under Mashaba, his last cap being against Angola in November.

South Africa have never lost when he has played, including a 1-0 victory over then world champions Spain in a friendly in 2013.

But Mashaba called him “heavy” and “sluggish” in the months leading up to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea inJanuary last year. Mokotjo called those remarks “disrespectful” at the time, but did earn a recall six months later. Whether he will accept another call-up remains to be seen.

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