Familiar faces in the 2009 Under-20 squad – but how many have fulfilled expectations?

Igesund’s plan for youth

Gordon Igesund says youth internationals should come through to the senior national team

Posted: 15 March 2013 Time: 01:38 pm

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has hatched a plan to save the junior international players in the country.

As a point of departure, the Under-20 squad that reached the last 16 of the Fifa World Cup in 2009 in Egypt could be used to prove that most junior internationals have been discarded when they should have progressed to the senior team.

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.

Full Bafana squad here!

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.

“In the last Afcon, we had five players who came from the Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 teams and that is really not a good situation,” Igesund admits. “We need, come the 2018 World Cup, to have maybe 20 players in our senior team that have played in the youth international teams. So we can have continuity and the players can understand the system; the style we are going to play.

“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.

“Then there is Keegan Dolly (Ajax Cape Town), Ruzaigh Gamildien (Bloemfontein Celtic) and a lot more ... so I think this is a very important step for us going forward.

“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

Article by: Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Previous comments on this story...

@Bongz
posted: 01:46 pm
Jali, Maluleka, Mokotjo, Erasmus and nnow Patosi......have all played fothe junior ranks but you not selecting them...
reatile
posted: 01:49 pm
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
THESE BOYS CAN BEAT THE CURRENT BB SQUAD STRAIGHT OUT.
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 01:51 pm
Lebese will be our Regular
Mathoho replace Sangweni
Erusmus regular
Jali tried and failed

K4L : let's hear
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 01:52 pm
Dankie GI......after the 2014 World Cup....you can start
Fela
posted: 01:53 pm
But really this coach is a hypocrite. The junoir teams in South Africa cannot progress any further unless they are allowed to play at club level in the PSL. No PSL team except Ajax is willing to experiment with them.

GI himself at Swallows opted for pensioners in his team that kept chocking entire season. At national level the same coach is still opting for experienced players who played in the world cup n failed with distinction but still selecting them. Start playing this junior players first at national level then maybe the PSL teams will take a leaf out that n stop contradicting yourself.
Nebo
posted: 01:54 pm
Mxxxx same song dat was sing by Pitso after received his first salary.

He also release one song after Baroka fc trap Tortoises fc dat he will also consider players from first division. go to Hell Boerman u can dom all Hobbos not all of us.
msenti15
posted: 01:57 pm
ukhuluma amasimba wena Igasende you are the one who doesn't want to select these players mhlathi wakho
msenti15
posted: 01:59 pm
Lebese will be our Regular
Mathoho replace Sangweni
Erusmus regular
Jali tried and failed

K4L : let's hear
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leave Jali alone wena slima
Glorified Sendino
posted: 01:59 pm
this is a tricky situation for a number of reason....there are many good players in the PSL who were only discovered in their early 20s, who cannot be excluded from representing the country at seniour level. Secondly, some of these players who represent the country in junior teams are benchwarmers in the psl, but were fortunate and priviledged to have represented the country at junior because of right connections.
SAFA should adopt the Rugby & Cricket models by investing in schools' soccer, university soccer, etc. to serve two purposes - identify talent early & address age cheating problem.......so far its about your agent or the team you play for....
John22
posted: 01:59 pm
Ridiculous plan from Gordon. The man is hell bent on complicating the simple game of football. All national team coaches are in the same boat, there is nothing special about Gordon's situation. He should select national team players fairly and not emotionally. Its not for him to worry about the off the field attitudes of player's. Half these boys have been promising ever since. If in 2014 Old John Mabizela is doing well for Chippa he should be selected for the national team....this thing of age is killing us and will continue to do so...stop making favours for players...let them earn their places while playing for their clubs....dont complicate football....the best team at that time should be selected...period...this thing of keeping a generation of players together is ridiculous and has proven ineffective in many parts of the world....
Nebo
posted: 02:01 pm
Dat bustrad ( Boerman ) hate Jali for nor reason, I really miss the late Thomas Madigage if he was stil alive we should been reached de final of Afcon He will disagree with his bladie Toilet he 's currently doing, Serame 's just a statue O jele " Eee....O swerwe ke tlala "Eee .. O hlapile " Eee O robetse " Eee O tswa Hillbrow " Eee ..... Mxxxx bladie dom " Eee..
mash_do
posted: 02:03 pm
Some of those players are just not cutting it in their teams and we cannot blame anybody wen they don't get selected! Some have fallen off completely and let's not forget that some are age cheats so to expect them to graduate to the national team is a tough task ,their real age easily catch up with them and they fall by the sideways!
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 02:06 pm
ZebraHunterposted: 01:57 pm  |  Report
Zebras will never win a CL not in their existence @least in eeemza skhwizas and phefeni gal wet dreams. Entertaining them its a waste of time let me get ready for financial accounting test I've already exhausted my time with these illeterate noisy zebr

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"Illeterate" what's that?
We have illiterate not illeterate of urs.

I'm still waiting for an answer:

If Orlando Pierats its a learning centre, then what is Maluti FET College?

Answer pls

K4L : let's hear
Qseven
posted: 02:08 pm
Where is Jali?
GI doesn't like Jali it's unquestionably veritable.
Anonymous
posted: 02:11 pm
so why did you leave Jali out? are you not shooting yourself in the foot?
skuskuh2223
posted: 02:13 pm
some peeps they just comment for da sake of it..have ever seen Yeye da monkey play nice against Pirates ...a Big no..coz Jali always outplayed him ...but GI always select monkey Yeye ahead of Jali...anyway every coach has his own players ...to tell u da truth doesnt deserve to be in Bafana but Jali do deserve coz he is da engine...lets put Furman,Mahlangu and Jali in the middle u will see what Bafana can offer ..and we add Parker and Rantie upront ..I say Parker bcoz he can easily be a target man if we remember Confederation cup... will beat any team....with that combination
mash_do
posted: 02:14 pm
If ingesund is ignoring the young players who are playing regularly in their teams what does he expect? Does it make sense to have an old guy like Nthethe warming the bench wen Mathoho is available? Does it make sense to have Sandilands warming the bench wen keet and Williams are available? We all know that he have no intentions of using Sandilands and Nthethe so why don't he select younger players instead?

Ingesund must keep this to himself cos he is really not interested in giving some young players a chance ,Maluleka ,williams,keet ,Patosi ,Mathoho ,Chapman etc deserve a chance to prove themselves
Navigator Wonder
posted: 02:15 pm
Mxm uyanya wena Bhunu ndini nxa! "The country is shooting itself in foot for not selecting players from the junior ranks" Gordon mxm uyasbhebha straight does AJ15,Erusmus and Keet ring any bell?? Who is selecting players kanti what are u telling us Gordon that someone is selecting player not u?? Mxm talk about a confused idiot!!
undisputed bucs
posted: 02:19 pm
punk why didnt u select jali or serero who are from the junior team?
Zane10
posted: 02:19 pm
I use to enjoy watching this under 20 national team play, they played the real SA football, gone are those days!!!
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