Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has damned Kabamba Floors.
Floors had been outspoken about his non-selection for the Super 14 squad and his return to the Springbok Sevens, but Drotské called the player’s bluff and released a statement condemning the player.
“Kabamba has come to me twice during this Super 14 season to discuss personal problems at his home in Oudtshoorn,” Drotské said. “Twice, when he was in the 22 for matches, I sent him home and he missed training. I told him to go home and clear things up because he had told me on both occasions he was unable to function because his mind was not on the game.”
Drotské said he handled the situation internally out of respect for the player, but that he had no option but to reveal the accuracy of Floors’s omission after the player went public with his dissatisfaction at being overlooked.
“Hendro [Scholtz] played very well in Kabamba’s absence,” Drotské said. “I told Kabamba he had to prove in matches for the Vodacom Cup team that his head was clear and that he was eager to play rugby before he would be selected for the Cheetahs’ 22; something he did not do during the following weeks.
“On the contrary, he was negative about having to play for the Vodacom Cup team. He told me he thought his future was in Sevens rugby and that he did not want to play in the Super 14 any longer.”
Floors’s absence in the Super 14 prompted Bok coach Peter de Villiers to challenge Drotské.
“I told Peter I don’t have favourites in my squad,” Drotské said. “I select players who are committed and who give 100% for their team-mates. No player has the right to claim a place in the team. I also won’t allow a player to tell untruths in the media when he should be looking for the problem within himself.”