The 20-man South African Men’s Under-20 squad which will do duty at the Cosafa Youth Championships includes a strong combination of players which should be a coach’s delight.
The side, nicknamed Amajita, will compete in Zambia where the championships start on Wednesday.
Coach Thabo Senong was happy with the composition of the team. “We have had a great camp and believe we have selected a balanced yet attractive team.
“The technical staff deliberated throughout the weekend on a few players and this was a healthy headache to have as we did final assessments.
“We are looking forward to a great tournament where we will be facing oppositions with different styles of play. Mauritius play long balls many, while the Mozambicans like to keep it on the ground and of course, the Egyptians are known for the counter-attacks and aggressive play.
“We want to be able to give all 20 players a run during the tournament and we will emphasise to them on a daily basis that they must enjoy the challenge at hand,” said Senong.
Amajita Cosafa squad,
1 Sanele Tshabalala (Bidvest Wits)
2 Renald Leaner (Ajax Cape Town)
3 Khulekani Kubheka (Mamelodi Sundowns)
4 Kamogelo Thomas Sambo (Mamelodi Sundowns)
5 Thendo Mukumela (Mamelodi Sundowns)
6 Keanu Cupido (Ajaccio, France)
7 Kiyaam Bull (Ajax Cape Town)
8 Sbusiso Gideon Mabiliso (Platinum Stars)
9 Bradley Cross (Black Aces)
10 Malebogo Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns)
11 Thabani Zuke (Golden Arrows)
12 Katlego Ntshabeleng (University of Johannesburg )
13 Sifundo Jesus Sibiya (Bidvest Wits)
14 Happy Mashiane (Kaizer Chiefs)
15 Lehlogonolo George Matlou (Bidvest Wits)
16 Patrick Maswanganyi (Stars of Africa Academy )
17 Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs)
18 Luvuyo Mkatshana (Bidvest Wits)
19 Lyle Foster (Orlando Pirates )
20 Siphumelele Mbulu (Orlando Pirates )