New SAFA Technical Director, Neil Tovey has hailed the Association for keeping the National Teams busy saying this augers well for the future of ‘our football. Currently, the SAFA U17 Boys national championships are taking place at Nike Centre in Soweto. The tournament kicked off on Tuesday and is scheduled to end on Sunday 12 July 2015.
On the same day, the Women U20 national team, Basetsana will play Botswana in a World Cup qualifier first leg at Dobsonville Stadium. The U20 Women’s World Cup will take place in Papua Guinea next year. The Boys U17 team, Amajimbos have been in camp for the past week in KwaZulu Natal gearing themselves for the World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Chile in October this year while Owen da Gama’s U23 will square up against Zimbabwe next week on Sunday, 19 July at Rufaro Stadium in a Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier.
Banyana Banyana go into camp this coming Sunday to start preparing for the Olympics qualifying encounter against Kenya next Saturday, 18 July at Dobsonville Stadium. “This is what we have always said we want; keeping all our national teams and junior football busy. That is what will make us competitive as a nation,” said Tovey. The new TD said keeping players busy was good for the players to remain in a competitive mode adding that it was imperative for all age groups to do well in every match they played to develop a winning culture.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has congratulated the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for receiving the Platinum Order of Merit of the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Cairo.
This was during the 37th Ordinary General Assembly of CAF which officially opened on Monday evening in the presence of the FIFA President Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter.
“Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s prominent role in the development of football on the continent is well documented. She played a key role in South Africa getting the rights to host the 2010 World Cup, the first African country to do so and was on the board of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee,” said SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan from Cairo.
“She has been a supporter of football through and through and this award is testimony to the work she has put in the sport.”
CAF President, Issa Hayatou said there was no better person deserving of this award than the AU chair.
"Through this award, the Confederation of African Football recognizes the immense contribution of the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union for an emerging Africa, particularly through its vision, Agenda 2063, but mostly importantly show gratitude for the support she has always been able to demonstrate with CAF since she took office.
“Since 14 June, 2012 CAF and the African Union have partnered in dealing with a number of social responsibility campaigns through our competitions, particularly in the fight against AIDS, Ebola, malaria, and the promotion of education and the culture of peace on the continent," said CAF President Hayatou.
The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union is the second person in the history of CAF to receive this distinction after the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo who received the same award at the opening ceremony of the 30th Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015 on 17 January, 2015 in Bata.
Gallant Amajimbos went down 2-0 to Mali in the 2015 CAF African Youth Championship final in Niamey on Sunday night but coach Molefi Ntseki said he was happy with his charges’ performance despite the defeat. It was a high tempo game which saw the physically bigger Malians using their imposing stature to dictate the pace. But despite the scoreline, Amajimbos gave as much as they received throughout the 90 minutes. Stand out goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto and defender Reeve Frosler were in the thick of action from the word go and respectively came to the rescue of the South Africans as the West Africans sought for an early goal.
It was a physical first half with Amajimbos handling aerial balls well but Mali keeping up the pressure and despite going to half time goalless, both teams created gilt-edged chances. After some constant pressure at the start of the second half, the Malians duly took the lead through industrious striker Siaka Bagayoko in the 65th minute following some indecisive marking at the corner. Mpoto had made a number of saves to keep South Africa in the game, with one in particularly impressive, while the Malians also missed several chances with shots that went wide.
It was game over in the 78th minute when Aly Malle doubled Mali's lead with 12 minutes remaining, getting just reward for another sustained period of pressure to inflict the killer blow with a curling that shot that gave Mpoto no chance. The Malians showed superior physical dominance and endurance to get the second goal towards the end of the match as Amajimbos ran out of ideas. South Africa had a Khanyiso Mayo goal ruled out for offside in the 88th minute following good work by the lively Sibongakonke Mbatha and never gave up after a spirited performance, as they kept on pushing to the end.
Amajimbos end as runners-up, while Guinea claimed third place earlier on Sunday after beating Nigeria 3-1 in the third-place playoff.
“On another day, the result could have been different. They bullied us off the ball but we always threatened on counter-attacks. We will now focus our attention to the World Cup in Chile. I am proud of the boys,” he said.
South Africa XI: Mpoto, Ngcobo, Frosler, Mohamme, Mukumela, Dlala, Meyiwa, Maluleke (c), Mbatha, Mkatshana, Mayo
Mali XI: Traore, Dante, Bagayoko, Sangare, I. Traore, Mamadou Fofana, Koita, Malle. Maiga, B. Traore.
The South African National Under-17 (Amajimbos) sailed into the final of the 2015 CAF U/17 African Youth Championships with a vintage 1-0 win over nemesis Nigeria on a sweltering afternoon in the Niger capital of Niamey on Wednesday.
It was a performance of high quality from the South Africans who are now 90 minutes away from being crowned African junior champions. A goal from mercurial goal-poacher Khanyisa Mayo was all Amajimbos needed to overcome probably their biggest obstacle of being crowned African champions. Both teams had already sealed their place at the World Cup in Chile and started the match at a high tempo. It was the South Africans though who looked hungrier and the purpose to win the match.
Mbatha started the attack for Amajimbos as early as the 3rd minute of the game but his shot did little to trouble the Nigerians. As Amajimbos continued to search for the opening goal, they went into the attack on the 26th minute resulting in Mayo sweeping home the crucial goal.
Nigeria came back a rejuvenated side in the second half pushing for the elusive equaliser but a combination of good goalkeeping from Mpoto and tight defence put paid to any of their chances pulling things back. Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki was over the moon about the victory but added he was not overly surprised by the outcome.
“We watched Nigeria throughout the tournament, because there was a chance of us playing them. We identified a lot of mistakes in their game and this victory was down to our homework and our players playing to instructions. Nigeria are a good team, make no mistake about that but this is a culmination of our plans coming together;’ said coach Ntseki.
South African u17 starting line-up: Mondli Mpoto, Katlego Mohamme, Keanu Cupido, Reeve Frosler, Notha Ngcobo, Thendo Mukumela, Athenkosi Dlala, Sibongakonke Mbatha, Nelson Maluleke (c), Luvuyo Mkatshana, Khanyisa Mayo.
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
South Africa U/17....(0) 2
Mali U/17................(1) 2
The South African National Under-17 side, Amajimbos on Thursday conjured up an amazing come-from-behind 2-2 draw with Mali to keep their chances of qualifying for the World Cup in Chile very much alive.
Having seen their 2-0 lead against Ivory Coast on Monday pegged back, it was the chance of the South Africans to perform a Herculean effort of scoring two late goals in the second half to rescue what appeared a lost cause.
It was Mali that did all the running in the opening minutes and it came as little surprise when they opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Instead of savouring their lead, it was the big West Africans who continued to push forward and were all over Amajimbos in the first 45 minutes.
They created several more chances after the break and went 2-0 up in the 60th minute through hard-running striker Traore.
But typical of this Amajimbos side, they refused to lie down and upped their tempo getting the all-important goal in the 74th minute before completing an amazing comeback a few minute later. South Africa’s goals were scored by Luvuyo Mkatshana and Katlego Mohamme respectively.
South Africa could have taken the lead soon after levelling the scores as they swarmed the Malian goal but were denied by some good goalkeeping and tight marking from the tall West Africans.
Molefi Ntseki’s side can seal a berth into the World Cup in Chile later this year by beating Cameroon on Sunday.
“I believe that our game plan worked very well apart from us conceding too early. We knew that the Malians would come at us, but in the beginning of the match they didn’t give us room to play which is why we had to slow the match down in the second half. The boys regained their confidence, we made very crucial substitutions and we kept pushing to ensure that we got the goals we needed,” said Ntseki.
South Africa: Mondli Mpoto; Katlego Mohamme; Thendo Mukumela; Simon Nqoi; Notha Ngcobo; Athenkosi Dlala; Wiseman Meyiwa; Sibongakonke Mbatha; Nelson Maluleke(c; Vuyo Mantjie; Khanyisa Mayo.
The South African National U17 Men’s Team, Amajimbos threw away a 2-goal lead to draw with Ivory Coast 2-2 in their opening match of the CAF U/17 African Youth championships taking place here in Niamey, Niger on Monday afternoon.
The South Africans had taken a first half lead through Sibongakonke Mbatha just before the break and doubled the lead in the 61st minute through a brilliant header by Khanyisa Mayo. But the Ivorians who won this tournament four years ago, came back from this setback to reduce the arrears in the 75th minute before completing an amazing turnaround in the 82nd minute. Amajimbos’ next game is against Mali on 19 February and finishes the group stage matches with an encounter against Cameroon on 22 February.
The Amajimbos/Ivory Coast match started at a frantic pace in blazing weather conditions but it was Molefi Ntseki’s boys who threatened with their swift counter-attacks. It came as no surprise when a good build-up saw Mbatha ramming home a rebound to give the South Africans a precious first half lead. Amajimbos kept probing the Ivorian defence and duly increased the lead when from a corner kick, Mayo, the son of former Bush Bucks and Kaizer Chiefs striker Patrick Mayo rose unchallenged in the box to nod the ball home.
In a bid to preserve the lead, Ntseki made double substitution bringing in Wiseman Meyiwa and Liam Jordan for Reeve Frosler and Mbatha respectively. But the move backfired as the West Africans reduced the arrears moments later before claiming a priceless draw.
Amajimbos starting 11: Mpoto, Nqoi, Ngcobo, Mohamme, Mukumela, Dlala, Frosler, Maluleke, Mbatha, Mkatshana, Mayo.
Amajimbos arrived safely in Niamey, Niger at around 13:30 local time today, Sunday afternoon after an arduous journey which took them through the Ethiopian capital of Addis Abba.
The national U/17 team is in Niger for the upcoming 2015 African Youth Championships which will be played from 15 February 2015 – 1 March 2015.
On arrival in Niamey, Amajimbos were greeted by some extremely hot weather conditions in this primarily arid country which is currently in the middle of its hottest month of the year.
“We knew that it would be blazing hot here that is why we decided to travel almost a week ahead of the tournament to acclimatize,” said Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki.
“During the qualifiers, we did experience this type of hot weather. We did play in some really scorching countries like Tanzania and Egypt but this heat here takes some beating,” added Ntseki.
The South Africans will play in group B of the 2015 CAF African Youth Championships against the likes of Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Cameroon in their attempt to secure one of four spots allocated to Africa for the FIFA U17 World Cup which will be staged in Chile between 17 October – 8 November 2015.
Bafana Bafana continued their impressive run on the FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday moving up six places up the ladder.
The move was triggered by an impressive run in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers where Bafana Bafana finished the campaign unbeaten. The latest move sees the SA national team move from 57th to 51st in the world. They now lie 11th on the continent.
Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba said the Rankings were important in highlighting the team’s progress. Mashaba took over as new national coach in August and has since turned the national team into a force to be reckoned with.
“I am very impressed by this progress but I believe we still have a long way to go. Gradually we will get to where we want to take this team to. There is a lot of talent and will; and those two are catalysts for sustainable success,” said Mashaba.
A total of 150 new 'A' international matches have been taken into account for the November Edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, bringing the total number of matches evaluated in 2014 to 817. Sixty-one of these matches were part of continental qualifiers in Europe, Africa and the CONCACAF region, with the other 89 being friendly matches.
An impressive qualifying campaign saw Bafana Bafana rack up 12 points in six matches. They also achieved a massive moral victory as they edged out defending African champions Nigeria out of the tournament following a 2-2 draw in the final qualifying match.
Bafana Bafana are currently in camp preparing for the 2014 Nelson Mandela Challenge against Ivory Coast scheduled for Sunday at Mbombela Stadium. Kick-off is at 15:00.
Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba made three changes to the starting 11 that defeated Sudan 2-1 at the weekend (Saturday, 15 November) in Durban to ensure qualification into the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament.
South Africa faces Nigeria in their final qualifier on Wednesday, 15 November at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria. Kick-off is at 19h00 South African time.
Mashaba has brought in Tefu Mashamaite for Rivaldo Coetzee, Reneilwe Letsholonyane replaces Andile Jali and Mandla Masango takes the place of the injured Thulani Serero.
Serero will be watching from the stands due to a hamstring injury that saw him substituted in the victory over Sudan where he was named Man of the Match performance.
The Ajax Amsterdam midfielder missed two training sessions (Monday in Johannesburg and Tuesday in Uyo, Nigeria) and was ruled out of the match.
Darren Keet retains his place in goals while the defence will be manned by Erick Mathoho, Anele Ngcongca and Sibusiso Khumalo.
Dean Furman will captain the side with Oupa Manyisa taking the other position in midfield.
The strike force of Tokelo Rantie and Bongani Ndulula remains unchanged.
Mathoho, Ngcongca, Furman, Manyisa, Masango and Ndulula are the only players who started against the same Nigeria in Cape Town two months ago.
Coetzee and Jali will be on the bench together with Lehlohonolo Majoro who has shaken off the ankle injury that saw him ruled out of the Sudan clash, as well as Kermit Erasmus who was in the stands in the last match.
Also on the bench are Brilliant Khuzwayo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Themba Zwane. Moeketsi Sekola will sit out this match after he was named on the bench and made his debut against Sudan.
Ndulula, Furman and Mathoho have started all the matches in the qualifiers, but Furman, Jali and Mathoho have played every minute before the Nigeria clash.
Rantie could have started in all the matches had he not come off the bench in the goalless draw against the Super Eagles in Cape Town.
Bafana Bafana starting XI vs Nigeria: Darren Keet (GK), Eric Mathoho, Tefu Mashamaite, Sibusiso Khumalo, Anele Ngcongca, Oupa Manyisa, Dean Furman (Cap), Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Mandla Masango, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula
Substitutes: Brilliant Khuzwayo (GK), Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Rivaldo Coetzee, Andile Jali, Kermit Erasmus, Themba Zwane, Lehlohonolo Majoro
Not in match day squad: Siyabonga Mpontshane (GK), Luvolwethu Mpeta, Fagrie Lakay, Siyabonga Nhlapho, Moeketsi Sekola, Kwanda Mngonyama, Thulani Serero (injured).