Under-20 squad announced for 8-Nations Tournament
Posted: 20 May 2012 Time: 11:36
Solly Luvhengo has announced a 25-member Under-20 squad to play in the 8-Nations tournament in Cape Town, including four overseas-based players.
The players are already in camp and will travel to Cape Town on Monday, May 21.
On Saturday, May 19, the team played a practice match against Vosloo Aces at Sinaba Stadium, winning 6-0.
"The team is slowly gelling well and I have seen they have the hunger, commitment and determination to do well in this tournament, Luvhengo says.
"We don't want to put them under pressure, but as hosts I believe we need to come out with a medal in the end."
South Africa is in Group A alongside Argentina, Nigeria and Ghana. Group B comprises Brazil, Cameroon, Kenya and Japan.
"This is a very important tournament and we need to give a very good showing because we are the hosts. It's been a long time since we last played a match but I believe my players will have enough in their reserves not to disappoint," the coach adds.
"The first match is crucial as it is the one that will give us direction and help us settle. A win will give us the confidence to tackle the entire tournament."
In their opening clash on Friday, May 25, South Africa face Argentina at Athlone Stadium.
Kick-off is at 6pm.
The second match is against Ghana at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday, May 27, at 2pm, followed by an encounter with Nigeria on Tuesday, May 29, at Cape Town Stadium at 6pm.
The semi-finals will be played at Athlone Stadium on Friday, June 1, with the third place play-off and the final scheduled for Cape Town Stadium on June 3. The Under-20 squad
1 Brad Lee Wexler – Club Sporting Maritimo (Portugal) 2 Asive Langwe – Bidvest Wits 3 Daylon Appolis – Bidvest Wits 4 Jerry Mxabo – SuperSport United 5 Nkosingiphile Gumede – Golden Arrows 6 Lebo Ngubeni – University of Pretoria 7 Junior Sibande – University of Pretoria 8 Seun Ledwaba – Mamelodi Sundowns 9 Kwanda Mngonyama – Mamelodi Sundowns 10 Mbongeni Gumede – Sivutsa Stars 11 Kgosietsile Ntlhe – Peterborough United (ENG) 12 Ebrahim Seedat – Sporting Lokeren (BEL) 13 Ayanda Ndlovu – Maritzburg United 14 Andile Nqabeni – Thanda Royal Zulu 15 Nkululeko Tshangane – Kaizer Chiefs 16 Maselaelo Seanego – Kaizer Chiefs 17 Phakama Mngadi – Aspire Academy (Qatar) 18 Menzi Masuku – Mpumalanga Aces 19 Gershin Kock – Vasco da Gama 20 Snethemba Ngidi – SuperSport United 21 Gino Moeketsi – SuperSport United 22 Thabani Mthembu – Young Mates FC (KZN) 23 Siyabonga Thwala – AmaZulu 24 Miquel Nogueira – Jomo Cosmos 25 Cebo Meyiwa – SuperSport United