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Safa denies allegations over Banyana team selection

The South African Football Association(Safa) have denied claims that they were the reason behind first-choice Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Andile Dlamini not being selected.

Banyana coach Desiree Ellis opted to start with Kaylin Swart over Dlamini in both matches against Sweden and Argentina.

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Safa slams ‘malicious’ Twitter account

Swart received criticism from fans for the 2-1 loss to Sweden and 2-2 draw against Argentina.

In a statement, Safa said it has noted a twitter account that has claimed Danny Jordaan was the reason behind Andile Dlamini not being selected at the World Cup.

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“This disgraceful Twitter handle claims that senior Banyana Banyana players had a meeting with Ellis ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Group G match against Argentina on Friday (28 July 2023) and demanded that goalkeeper Andile Dlamini should play ahead of teammate Kaylin Swart. This handle further claims that Ellis said she could not play Dlamini as she is being blamed by the SAFA President as the initiator of the pay dispute that preceded the team’s departure to the World Cup,” Safa said in a statement.

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The association said no such meeting between Safa and Ellis took place.

“The SAFA President is not involved in selections and this Twitter account’s claims are defamatory and slanderous.

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It is not the first time this fake news account peddles misleading information about the President and the Banyana Banyana coach, and this latest attempt to slander their names will not go unchallenged. SAFA will not just fold its hands going forward and will also consider its options,” said the SA football association.

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