Doncaster Rovers: Dickov reeling with South African chief Igesund

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Paul Dickov was left reeling and felt common sense should have prevailed in South Africa’s 5-0 friendly thrashing in midweek which led to a lengthy injury blow to Bongani Khumalo and a full 90 minutes for Dean Furman.

Dickov has raised his concerns with Bafana Bafana boss Gordon Igesund in previous friendlies which has seen his Rovers duo complete full games despite Dickov’s requests not to.

And now the Doncaster boss faces finishing Rovers’ Championship survival season without star centre-back Khumalo after the defender fell awkwardly in Wednesday night’s defeat, having ruptured his knee tendon.

Watching the game, the Doncaster chief was also reeling with the fact that Furman was still on the pitch when Brazil’s fifth goal rippled the net, knowing Rovers had a tough run-in and needed every player at full fitness.

He also plans to address his frustrations with Igesund.

“What I can’t understand is why there’s the need for the overseas players to go back and play a game at this stage of the season,” said Dickov.

“To get their players to travel from all over the world for a friendly, when they’ve got big games to play for their clubs, then I can’t quite make sense out of it. Dean came through okay.

“It was a big game for South Africa but it’s not as if they were putting their squad together to go to the World Cup.

“When teams, especially in England and in Europe, have got a lot of games and a lot of things to play for, maybe a bit of common sense should have prevailed and they should’ve played more homegrown players that weren’t travelling.

“I was sat watching the game and when it was 2-0, I was thinking ‘Well, take Dean off now’, then 3-0, then 4-0, then 5-0...’

“I just really couldn’t see the point in keeping him on at a time when he’s played Saturday, done a lot of travelling and he’s got a lot of travelling coming back with an important game on Saturday.

“Common sense doesn’t always prevail.”