Ted Dumitru has finally announced his 23 man squad for African Nations Cup, Egypt. As its expected there will be some who will agree with Ted and some who don't.
What's your take?
Mokoena, Issa in the spotlight
Ted Dumitru has finally announced his 23 man squad for African Nations Cup, Egypt. As its expected there will be some who will agree with Ted's selection and some who don't.
Watching a discussion during the weekly Engen Premier Soccer programme on Supersport TV, it was very interesting to note that there are conflicting opinions about the current form of Greek based defender Pierre Issa.
Mark Gleeson, one of the most renowned soccer journalist on the African continet, has refuted Dumitru's assertion that Issa is on fire in the Greek First Divison.League. The well versed commentator says that Issa has not kicked a ball for his team OFI Crete this season.
Dumitru on the other hand says the player is performing so well he has even received a Defender of the Month award in the league where he plays alongside countrymen Nasief Morris and Dillion Sheppered.
"Issa has been playing well and was recently awarded the defender of the month honour in Greece. Any player who does that well is good enough for me," Dumitru told reporters at a recent press conference.
Are you an SA soccer supporter based in Greece? Pls let us know what the situation is with Issa!
Another interesting area in the ensuing and ever present national team debate regards fact that captain (or is it former captain?) Aaron Mokoena has been allowed to arrive late for the training camp. This at a time that we need the senior players to lead by example by joining the camp earlier than everyone.
Lets hope we will not see a similar situation to the pre-2004 Nations Cup period when players all over the continent were pulling out all sorts of excuses to arrive late for their national training camps.
Although FIFA has allowed players to arrive only 14 days before the tournament commences, we hope that our players realise that the Nations Cup is our last opportunity to salvage a bit of the pride that remains after the painful failure to qualify for Germany 2006.
On a more positive note, we would like to congratulate the visionary Ted on selecting what is definitely a team for the future. As he has mentioned this team forms the basis of the country's hopes in the 2010 World Cup.
Its also encouraging to see that the PSL is lending a helping hand to the national team by organising PSL sides or a selection of players from the League to play Dumitru's squad in preparation for Egypt.
The matches are scheduled for the 26th December '05 and the 9th of January 2006.
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