Tando Velaphi has known his international future has been over for some time, but the Melbourne City goalkeeper is furious his career-best form has again failed to be recognised by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.
Velaphi has been in the form of his life, leading Melbourne City to two consecutive A-League victories and two clean sheets in their rise to the league’s top six. It is no coincidence that these two wins coincided with Velaphi’s promotion to number one. The talented young shot-stopper has not conceded a single goal all season, after more than 180 minutes.
Velaphi told reporters following City’s victory in the Melbourne Derby, “Postecoglou released me from Melbourne Victory when he became manager, and clearly has it out for me.”
“To be honest, I think with me that form didn’t really have a part to play in whether I got selected for the Socceroos or not. It’s something I’ve never even received a phone call about.”
“I know my form is good enough to be in there, but we’ve got a coach that clearly has a different view.”
“They’ve got five keepers in there and two of them haven’t even been playing. Make of that what you will,” he said. “Supposedly, it’s meant to be on form, but that’s a bit of a spanner in the works, isn’t it?”
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