- Phakamani Mahlambi has been axed from the Bafana Bafana squad ahead of the Cosafa Cup
- Reports allege that Mahlambi arrived at the Bafana camp in ‘poor condition’ and under the influence of alcohol
- Mahlambi has been replaced by Gift Links
Phakamani Mahlambi may have had faint hopes of making the final Bafana Bafana squad for Afcon 2019.
However, those hopes would have washed away after he was evicted from the Bafana camp ahead of the Cosafa Cup.
Reports have surfaced that Mahlambi allegedly rocked up at the Bafana camp in 'poor condition' and under the influence of alcohol.
Mahlambi has swiftly been replaced by Gift Links.
TimesLIVE reported that coach David Notoane alluded to discipline-related issues within the camp.
He said, "Mentality comes in‚ but discipline and mentality cannot be separated. We don't have control of that‚ you bring a player into a professional set-up‚ you believe you can develop their talent and shape their talent.”
The bulk of the Cosafa Cup squad is made up of under-23 players, which Notoane will lead.
The Bafana brains trust will be using the tournament to hone the skills of players, such as Keagan Dolly, for the Afcon, but also to prepare for the African Under-23 Championship qualifiers later this year.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mahlambi faces an uphill battle to get into the Bafana reckoning again.
However, he’ll be hoping that his exploits with Mamelodi Sundowns and some good behaviour will be enough for Stuart Baxter to give him another chance.
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