As the Stars jet in and start preps for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda on Saturday, the major talking point has been the decision of the Ministry not to grant players tickets due to what Vanderpuye says are financial constraints.
“We think we need to cut cost. We have already qualified for the Nations Cup so the outcome of this game is not important. Why do we want to kill a fly with a sledge hammer?
“We don’t have the finances. When we were playing more important games we did not make this request. The situation now demands that this is the most prudent step to take.
“If the players decide to be patriotic and decide to buy their own ticket and come and play, not ask for any winning bonus and go, I would be happy because this is what I have been saying all along, that they need to be patriotic.
“We don’t have a budget for this match. It is that simple. We have other more competing demands. The money is not mine, it belongs to the state.”
The Minister had preferred for locally based players to be called for this encounter, but he neglected to inform the team handlers early and the GFA say Avram Grant had already sent out invitations to the 21-foreign-based players when the minister’s request came in.