SAFA : Amajita back in camp to take on Lesotho in AYC qualifiers
The South African u20 Men’s National Team is back in training for their 3rd round first leg clash of the 2017 CAF u20 African Youth Championships qualifier against Lesotho.
Kickoff is at 15h00.
The 2017 AYC will be staged in Zambia.
South Africa reached the third round after defeating Namibia 2-0 on aggregate, while Lesotho disposed of Mozambique in a 2-1 aggregate victory.
Head coach of South Africa, Thabo Senong, has selected 23 players to do national duty.
“We are excited about being back in camp and we are looking forward to the tie against Lesotho on the weekend. The sole focus this week is converting our chances because we missed many of them in our previous games. In future matches, this could lead to our downfall if we don’t rectify it now. At this level if you don’t bury your chances you will be punished. And also it is important that players get used to scoring at this age so that when they progress to higher national teams it becomes routine,” said Senong.
“Another challenge is that at this time of the year it is winter in the southern hemisphere, but colder in Lesotho where it sometimes reaches freezing point, so we have to prepare our boys for the conditions we might come across in Maseru – so they have to be ready mentally.”
The squad is holding their training sessions at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto.
They depart for Lesotho on Thursday, 7 July.
SA U20 SQUAD FOR LESOTHO FIXTURE:
1. Mondli MPOTO SuperSport United Academy (SA)
2. Sanele TSHABALALA Bidvest Wits Academy (SA)
3. Darren JOHNSON Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
4. Sirgio KAMMIES Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
5. Reeve FROSLER Bidvest Wits Academy (SA)
6. Thendo MUKUMELA Mamelodi Sundowns Academy (SA)
7. Shane SARALINA Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
8. Tercious MALEPE Orlando Pirates FC (SA)
9. Katlego MOHAMME SuperSport United Academy (SA)
10. Kanelelo MOTSOENENG School of Excellence (SA)
11. Teboho MOKOENA SuperSport United Academy (SA)
12. Sipho MBULE Harmony Academy (SA)
13. Sydney MTSHWENI SuperSport United Academy (SA)
14. Nelson MALULEKE SuperSport United Academy (SA)
15. Sibongakonke MBATHA Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
16. Masilakhe PHOHLONGO Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
17. Kobamelo KODISANG Platinum Stars FC
18. Kamohelo SITHOLE Orlando Pirates Academy (SA)
19. Zama RAMBUWANE SuperSport United FC (SA)
20. Liam JORDAN Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
21. Fagrie LAKAY SuperSport United FC (SA)
22. Luvuyo MKATSHANA Bidvest Wits Academy (SA)
23. Kelesto MAKGALWA Mamelodi Sundowns Academy (SA)