Johannesburg: Dismissing reports of interference in team selection ahead of South Africa's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand as "utter nonsense", CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has clarified that no latenight instructions were given after the playing XI was announced.
Responding to reports in Afrikaans daily 'Beeld', Lorgat denied that he had sent instructions to Proteas coach Russell Domingo at 1 in the morning, insisting that the coach, who is also a member of the CSA selection panel, add one more player of colour to the squad.
It was widely speculated that coloured player Vernon Philander was included in the team ahead of Kyle Abbott for the last clash.
"This is utter nonsense reporting with false allegations being made," said Lorgat.
"There was no SMS, WhatsApp or BBM sent by me to the coach, and why would I want to do that when I know the team was confirmed and already announced to the players and team management at their usual 18h00 team meeting that evening?" he added.