Stars coach clears air on Tsotso's injury

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Platinum Stars' coach, Calvin Johnson has cleared the air on Mogakolodi 'Tsotso' Ngele's injury, saying the club had initially underestimated the extent of his injury when they released him for national team duty.

The Rustenburg outfit had released the former Santos and Township Rollers attacker for Sunday's crunch World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa before recalling him for a medical exam on Monday. Ngele went back to his base on Monday, but was expected to return in time for the Zebras' departure for East Africa. However, it was later announced that the player would not return.

National team coach Stanley Tshosane said the player was not answering his phone. The Zebras' technical team had wanted to get clarity on why the club had initially released the player, surmising he was snubbing camp over welfare issues.Tshosane questioned why the player had not bothered to report to the Zebras' medical team for assessment.His Platinum Stars' counterpart explained to Mmegi Sport in a telephone interview: "Tsotso is responding to treatment very well, the injury did not seem so bad before he left for Botswana. When he was in Gaborone he phoned and said he had a lot of pain and we asked him to return."

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