Gordon Igesund says youth internationals should come through to the senior national team
Posted: 15 March 2013 Time: 1:38 pm
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has hatched a plan to save the junior international players in the country.
In fact, only Daylon Claasen and Dino Ndlovu from that Under-20 team have been named in the Bafana Bafana squad to play against Central African Republic on March 23 in Cape Town.
According to Igesund, South Africa is shooting itself in the foot by failing to ensure that junior internationals progress to the senior team and that is where he plans to come in: to stop the rot.
“For example, there is Thabani Mthembu at Platinum Stars; he has scored in every single game for the Under-20s. This player, surely, must be in our plans for the 2018 World Cup. We must make sure we don’t lose our players who are playing in the Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 teams. So I will call up such players to train with the senior team and I will start off with Ronwen Williams,” Igesund says.
“When I look at the stats: Holland, Spain, Germany, England, all these teams, when they played in the World Cup, they had 22 of their 23 players that had played for every single team in their youth teams. We need to have this kind of set-up in our football, otherwise we are never going to go anywhere.
“So we must nurture these players. The Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 coaches will play the same way as the senior team so we can have an identity. So that’s our master plan going forward,” Igesund adds.
SA Under-20 squad that played in the 2009 World Cup
Darren Keet, Sibusiso Khumalo, Sibusiso Mxoyana, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Daylon Claasen, Sameehg Doutie, Thulani Ngcepe, Thulani Serero, Philani Khwela, Mandla Masango, Gladwin Shitolo, Phumelele Bhengu, Andile Jali, Thela Ngobeni, George Maluleka, Kermit Erasmus, Collen Zulu, Dino Ndlovu and Tawfeeq Salie