Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has explained why he snubbed Kaizer Chiefs duo Yusuf Maart and Keagan Dolly for his latest squad.
The Belgian tactician announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Sierra Leone and Botswana, making several changes to his selection in comparison to his squad that faced Morocco.
Among the big talking points were the absences of Maart and Dolly, which Broos explained is linked to Kaizer Chiefs’ poor start to the campaign.
“I think Yusuf is a little bit a victim of the bad start of Chiefs,” Broos said during his squad announcement on SABC1.
“The same with Dolly. Chiefs has not started the season well. And I don’t think when I see Yusuf play it’s not the Yusuf I know from Sekhukhune.
“I think they’re struggling a little bit also with confidence because the results are not there, the pressure is there.”
“For now, ok, let’s wait for the next two friendly games, but he stays on the list for the next games and if Yusuf can again achieve his level from Sekhukhune then there is no problem.
“But I think now it’s not good for him to take him with the team because the confidence is so big with the results of Chiefs.”
Broos also shared similar sentiments about the exclusion of Dolly, who had returned to the national team set-up under Broos in November.
“Keagan didn’t start very well with Chiefs. Chiefs didn’t start very well the season and he was even on the bench,” he added.
“Keagan Dolly on the bench that has to have a reason and the reason for the moment is that Keagan is not at the level, he’s not at the level of Keagan Dolly.
“It’s a pity for him but I have to be severe in these kind of things and not let talk my feelings. Keagan is not in good shape for the moment, so why should he be with us?”