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Thulani I write this letter as a disappointed Bafana Bafana supporter who has always admired your talent and attitude. I had to read six times to convince myself it was really you who was kicked out of camp for ‘ill-discipline’.

The coach, Gordon Igesund, with the aid of his technical team, relayed the events leading to you being kicked out of camp and they are hard to believe but do they have any reason to lie? You also released a statement of your own in which you refuted these claims of refusing to play. Well it was expected that you would do that after you were lambasted on the social networks.

Ajax Amsterdam have a crucial Champions League game next week and you surely want to be part of it. That’s understandable but why did you waste the association’s money and the coach’s time by coming down to tell them you can’t play?

You won’t admit this but surely you were scared you might suffer an injury that would dent your chances of playing against Barcelona, having already featured in a game against Real Madrid in the past Champions League.

Tell you what son, injuries are not predictable. You can’t tell when and where you will get injured. You ditched Bafana Bafana when they needed you, yet you could get injured in that Champions League game’s first minute and be out for months. I am not being a prophet of doom, it’s the reality of this game we call ‘The beautiful game’.

Sibusiso Zuma has a statue in Denmark and Copenhagen. He gave it all for the Danish side but still honoured national call-ups and played his heart out for the country. Now that’s what we call commitment!

Your chance of starting in that Champions League match, that seems more important to you, is not even guaranteed. You could have used the Botswana match to send your manager at the club a strong message and twist his arm into giving you a start.

You are only 23 years old and your biggest achievement was trumping Andile Jali at the 2010/11 Premier Soccer League awards. Your ego should be lower; scratch that it should actually be flat.

Yes coach Igesund called you South Africa’s own “Lionel Messi”. I bet he didn’t mean the talent side but also the humility you had displayed throughout, like the Argentina forward. Seems you let that get to your head and it inflated your ego to the extent that you want to be begged to play for the country.

South Africa is a forgiving country. Humble yourself and apologise instead of trying to justify your claims. I read the statement and to me it sounds like cheap PR.

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