South African National Under-20 (Amajita) coach Thabo Senong has put together a powerful squad he thinks will compete at the forthcoming CAF African Youth championships 2015 scheduled for Senegal from 8-22 March.
The squad is made up of three goalkeepers, seven defenders, six midfielders and five strikers.
“I am very happy with this team. As I have always said, we are going to Senegal to compete and probably go all the way. When one enters into a competition, the primary objective is to go all the way,’ said Senong who will be assisted by David Notoane and Wendell Robinson who is also the goalkeeper coach.
The squad is a mixture of players plying their trade in the Premier Soccer League, the First Division with a few from overseas-based clubs. Most of the squad are members who won the Commonwealth Cup in St Petersburg, Russia in January
“We have done a lot of preparations here at home and will fine-tune everything in Senegal where we have lined up two matches against the hosts. That should be enough,” added Senong who said Amajimbos’ recent qualification for the World Cup in Chile would work as a tonic for Amajita.
“The young boys have paved the way for us to emulate them. Their mission when leaving these shores for Niger was Road to Chile; ours is Road to New Zealand. We are in a tough group but we are relishing the challenge,” added Senong.
Amajita are in Group B together with Ghana, Mali and Zambia while Group A is made up of hosts Senegal, Nigeria, Congo and Ivory Coast.
The two top teams from each group will automatically qualify for the World Cup in New Zealand.
SA U20 Squad for 2015 AYC
8 – 22 March 2015
NO. PLAYER'S NAME CLUB
1. SIBONGISENI MKHIZE FC CAPE TOWN
2. MPHO MATHEKGA MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
3. DUMISANI MSIBI SUPERSPORT UNITED FC
4. BONGANI MATHABELA WITBANK SPURS FC
5. TEBOGO MOERANE BIDVEST WITS FC
6. KABELO SERIBA BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC FC
7. MAPHOSA MODIBA MPUMALANGA ACES FC
8. CHAS WILLIAMS CAPE TOWN ALL STARS FC
9. AYABULELA MAGQWAKA SUPERSPORT UNITED FC
10. MADISHA MODJEKA MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
12. SPHELELE LUTHULI UNIVERSTY OF PRETORIA FC
13. TLOTLO LEEPILE TOURIZENSE FC (PORTUGAL)
14. MORNE NEL SUPERSPORT UNITED FC
15. KEAMOGETSWE BOIKANYO MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
16. PULE MARAISANE TOURIZENSE FC (PORTUGAL)
17. HAASHIM DOMINGO VITORIA DE GUIMARAES (PORTUGAL)
20. SIYANDA NGUBO Orlando Pirates FC
21. TSHIDISO MONAMODI BIDVEST WITS FC
22. TYROANE SANDOWS GREMIO FC (BRAZIL)
23. THAMI MASIYA MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FC
24. DUMISANI ZUMA BLOEMFONTEN CELTIC FC