South Africa will meet the winner of Group B in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Group B consists of Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi and Namibia, who are already engaged in the preliminary competition in Witbank, Mpumalanga.
The tournament is already in progress with two groups of four teams each.
The South African coach, Serame Letsoaka, acknowledges that his team has not played as many games as he would have liked prior to reporting for camp, but remains very optimistic about his final squad of 20 players.
“The teams that are playing their group stage matches will probably be a notch sharper than the rest of the other teams. So, the fact that they have played more games and would have just won their group stages will boost their morale and will give them a good rhythm coupled by better understanding of their combinations.
“We just need to work extra hard to ensure that we retain this title,” said Letsoaka.
Letsoaka’s final squad is:
Goalkeepers: Jacob Mokhasi (African Warriors), Siya Mngoma (University Of Pretoria).
Defenders: Thapelo Tshilo (Jomo Cosmos), Rooi Mohamutsa (Witbank Spurs), Warren Bishop (University of Pretoria), Sibusiso Mxoyana (Western Province United), Mashiane Phadu (Winners Park), Mzondi Mthombeni (FC.AK).
Midfielders: Bamuza Eric Sono (Jomo Cosmos), Thulani Serero (Ajax Cape Town), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Moroka Swallows), Klaas Kgalane (Dynamos), Mthokozisi Mabaso Yende (University of Pretoria), Bridget Motha (Durban Stars), Lefa Tsutsulupa (Moroka Swallows), Mark McVeigh (FC AK).
Strikers: Thulani Nqcephe (Moroka Swallows), Marcellino Fransch (FC Cape Town), Lethola Mofokeng (Jomo Cosmos), John Saitjheni Tsotetsi (Free State Stars).