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The South African Under-17 Men's National team are ready to face Zambia

Posted: 12 October 2012 Time: 10:25

The South African Under-17 Men's National team, Amajimbos, which has been in camp gearing up for the first round of the African Under-17 Youth Championship qualifiers, are ready to face Zambia on Saturday at Dobsonville Stadium.

Kick-off is at 16h00.

The first leg qualifier will be part of a double header at Dobsonville Stadium in which the senior women's national team (Banyana Banyana) play Zimbabwe in a friendly encounter. Kick-off 19h00.

Amajimbos coach Shakes Mashaba is confident of a good result despite having little time to prepare.

The 10th edition of the African Under-17 Youth Championship is scheduled to take place in Morocco from April 13–27, 2013.

The Amajimbos squad has been training at the University of Johannesburg campus grounds since Monday.

South Africa players born between 1996 and 1997 have undergone MRI Scans to comply with CAF regulations.

The results of the scans have been sent through to CAF headquarters for verification ahead of Saturday's match.

Mashaba feels this camp is a good start to grooming future stars.

"Zambia have tough and skilful players that is why we need to focus more on tactical work."

"There is an air of optimism and excitement amongst the players as well as nerves. This is natural," added Mashaba.

The return leg match will be played in Zambia on October 27.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:35 am
Is Bra Shakes taking care of both U-17 & U-23 teams?? That is good because he can oversee the transition process of the boys himself from junior to senior teams.
posted: 11:46 am
i was watching them train,thyr jus doing set-pieces
posted: 12:11 pm
I wonder how they were selected, we have very good youngsters in sa who are not based in JHB
posted: 01:09 pm
shakes must go all over the country and stop selecting JHB boys only
posted: 02:50 pm
gud luck shakes!
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