The 36-man South African Under-17 training squad returned to camp ahead of practice matches in Swaziland next week.
The national Under-17s, popularly known as Amajimbos, are looking to build a strong squad in preparation for the 2018 Cosafa Youth Championships, CAF Under-17 African Cup of Nations and the 2019 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The Amajimbos held their first training session on Thursday at the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus in Johannesburg.
Coach Molefi Ntseki is thrilled at the prospects of building a new generation of players as the South African Football Association (SAFA) continues to tick off many of their Vision 2022 strategies.
“This group of players is exciting and this is going to be a very interesting year for us all. Over the past few years, these players have watched the generation before them excel at both Under-17 and Under-20 levels, so they too believe that something great can come from being part of the national team,” said Ntseki.
SA Under-17 squad:
Constandino Christodoulou, Thabang Maema, Lesedi Mokwena, Lebohang Nthene Louis Botha, Parsley Fielies, Bryn Deeley, Hendrik Scheepers, Bongolwethu Siyasi, Monray Marais, Sanele Zwane, Leronti Tsotetsi, Leorando Rooi, Rivaldo Present, Mihlali Damesi, Nelson Ralenkwane, Athenkosi Mcaba, Vusimusi Plamana, Cade Erickson, Storm Jonas, Ofentse Mpiwa, Junior Netshikule, Dante Brown, Mehluleli Maphumulo, Thato Matli, Mohammed Shahabodien, Thando Buthelezi, James Mcfarlane, Jean Pierre, Rorisang Khosa, Lutho Maneli, Andile Simelane, Lulama Nxumalo, Motlhalosi Nare, Boitumelo Radiopane, Olefile Ramatlo, Mthokozisi Balakasi.