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By Sibusiso Masilela | 2019-11-08

SOCCER – ESWATINI international player Felix ‘Fela’ Badenhorst has failed to make Sihlangu coach Kostadin Papic’s squad for Wednesday’s Group I tie against Guinea Bissau in the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers and is not bitter.

The Mbombela United player is not holding any grudges despite being overlooked for selection for the national team.

‘Fela’ said they as players had to respect and support decisions of the coach as Emaswati ahead of the nation’s pride trip to Guinea Bissau.


Badenhorst, alongside his three teammates in Justice Figuareido, Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa, Njabulo ‘D4D’ Ndlovu and Sandile ‘Nkomishi ’Ginindza and Polokwane City player Banele ‘Pupu’ Sikhondze, have all been snubbed to the first two Group I clashes.

“We have to respect and support the coach. I am optimistic players who have been selected to represent the country will do well. To us this means we need to work hard so that we may be considered in future,” he said.


Sihlangu head coach Kostadin Papic said the international players were not meeting his standards, hence the decision not to include them in the two clashes.

“I was not impressed with the performance of the foreign based players after I watched them last weekend.

“I was not happy with what I saw during my trip to South Africa. I can’t call a person just because he is playing outside the country as we are in a tricky situation right now.

“We will certainly consider them in the future since we still have more games to play,” he said.

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