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Notoane explains Jordan’s absence

South Africa national under-23 coach David Notoane has clarified the situation surrounding Liam Jordan’s perceived failure to report for duty from his club in Denmark.

Jordan had been one of the prominent figures called up at last week’s squad announced for the camp ahead of the under-23 side’s Olympic qualifiers against Angola this month.

However, the 20-year-old midfielder, who has been showing good form at his Danish First Division club HB Køge, did not report for duty as planned along with his fellow internationally-based teammates this week.

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When quizzed over his absence, Notoane clarified that an agreement had been struck between the SA Football Association and the player’s club.

“The situation with Liam is that the call-ups went out and the club seems to have received the call-up late,” said Notoane.

“But I think they are also restarting their league campaign in a week or two, so they’ve requested us to allow him to continue so that we don’t destabilise him.

“We also don’t want to burn relations with the clubs where our boys abroad are playing, so we felt that, on the balance of permutations available to us, let’s allow the boy to cement his place in his club’s team and continue with the good form he’s been showing.”

“We also don’t want to burn relations with the clubs where our boys abroad are playing, so we felt that, on the balance of permutations available to us, let’s allow the boy to cement his place in his club’s team and continue with the good form he’s been showing.”

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