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Profiles of South Africa national Under-20 side Amajita

Posted: 4 December 2013 Time: 13:16

Amajita kick-start their Cosafa campaign at 2pm – KickOff.com introduces every single player who will be representing South Africa!

South Africa’s Under-20s take on Seychelles today in Lesotho in their first match of the 2013 Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championships.

Amajita are in a group with Zambia, Namibia and Seychelles.

Coach Shakes Mashaba named a strong squad for the tournament. We speak to the coaches who have worked with the players to find out what the country can expect from them.

AJAX CAPE TOWN YOUTH COACH MAAHIER DAVID

Jody ‘Joema’ February (goalkeeper, Ajax Cape Town)

Jody has been with the club since Under-12. He’s a big strong boy, very good in distributing and quick on his feet.

Jody is also a good shoot stopper – probably the best in the academy – and that’s why his been called up to the Under-20 team. 

He has good leadership abilities and I think he has been called up to the Under-17s, so he has the experience to help him. He won goalkeeper of the tournament in the Engen Knockout Challenge.

Ayabulela ‘Gustavo’ Magqwaka (defender, Ajax Cape Town)

Aya is 17 years old and he also been with club since Under-12, and is also captain the Under-17 national team. He’s a composed defender and very strong in one-one situations, and he also scores the odd goal.

Rivaldo ‘Riva’/’Ramos’ Coetzee (defender, Ajax Cape Town)

Rivaldo is the captain of the reserve side and he’s also been earmarked for the PSL side (Ajax Cape Town). He’s been training with them since the beginning of pre-season.

Rivaldo has got good composure on the ball and his reading of the game is at the top level at the age of 17. He can pass short and long distance balls with his right or left foot.

He is the leader of the team and although he joined Ajax two or so years ago he’s improved over the years.

SUPERSPORT UNITED ACADEMY MANGER GIANCARLO BALLOSSINI

Dumisani ‘Magemfuza’ Msibi (goalkeeper, SuperSport United)

Dumisani is 18 years old and playing for our Under-19 side. He’s very good at shot-stopping and punching the ball away, and not only that but his ball distribution is also very good.

Kabelo ‘Lahm’ Seriba (defender, SuperSport United) 

Seriba is 16 years old, he’s a right-back but can also play right-wing. He’s left footed and has played for our Under-19 side.

He’s very good in transition play and also crossing the ball. He’s a box-to-box player and he’s our top, most talented player.

Skhumbuzo ‘Skunaldo’ Mazibuko (midfielder, SuperSport United)

18-year-old Mazibuko is a left-winger who played for the Under-19s. He’s very good at dribbling and shooting, those are his strengths.

HEAD OF STARS OF AFRICA ACADEMY FAROUK KHAN

Tlotlo ‘Lion’ Leepile (midfielder, Stars of Africa)

Tlotlo is a talented player with great passing ability. He’s got great vision and he’s a player that will always be involved in scoring important goals when the games are very tight.

He is good at shooting with both feet and is technically very good. He’s not the quickest player but he makes up for that with the ability to think and make quick decisions.

Pule ‘Shuffle’ Maraisane (midfielder, Stars of Africa)

Pule is 18 years old, and he’s been with us for the last past five years. Pule is an exceptional player, he in the mould of Jabu Mahlagu, very skilful, very dynamic also very good with his head – which is something Jabu wasn’t good at!

He’s a player that will torment the defenders because of his dribbling ability. He’s a very mature player although sometimes he over carries the ball, but that’s something I’m working; because he’s so skilful, he doesn’t involve his teammates as much as I would like, but other than that he’s a player to watch.

I took him Brazil for his knee injury, because they couldn’t help him here in South Africa. This boy has a bright future – if we make sure his ego doesn’t blow up, because we tend to call youngsters like this boy legends even before they’ve kicked a ball, like Mkhanyiseli Siwahla and Masibusane Zongo.

ORLANDO PIRATES DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY DIRECTOR AUGUSTO PALACIOS 

Sibongiseni ‘Bhodwe’ Mkhize (goalkeeper, Orlando Pirates)

Sibongiseni is a very good goalkeeper – very good with saving penalties. We went with him to the Manchester United Tournament where he saved four penalties in the quarter-final. He was also part of the team that went to Brazil for Gauteng Future Champs.

Tebogo ‘Marcelo’ Moerane (defender, Orlando Pirates)

Tebogo is left-back, we’ve had him since the age of 13. We scouted him in Witbank. He is a very good player, very strong physically and very strong on the overlap.

Khumbulani Mkhize (defender, Orlando Pirates) 

He’s centre-back but can also play as a right-back. He was playing for the Under-17s but now he is playing in the Under-20s. 

He went to Brazil with us and also played in the Manchester United Tournament. He’s a very strong player and also very good in the air. He is also strong on the attack.

Nhlakanipho ‘Nanana’ Ntuli (midfielder, Orlando Pirates on loan from FC Twente)

‘Nana’ ... we had him in our team before we sold him to FC Twente. He was the captain of the Under-17 national team.

He can play on both wings and he’s the kind of player that likes to play closer to the strikers.

Siyanda ‘Rooney’ Ngubo (striker, Orlando Pirates)

He was the top scorer in the Under-17 tournament previously, and also a top scorer in the Safa Soweto League.

He also came with us to Manchester. He is a very quick player who likes to stay inside the box.

MAJALESA MATHEBULA, SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE COACH

Tshepo ‘Shobi’ Mashigo (midfielder, School of Excellence)

He’s a very versatile player. We normally play him as an attacking midfielder. Tshepo is technically very strong.

LINDANI SHEZI, ETHEKWINI COASTAL FC COACH

Sihle Nduli (midfielder) and Sakhele Hlongwe (striker)

Both players are highly talented, this year they both played against Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup. Sihle has a very good eye for goal, while Sakhele is the top striker we have at the club.

SANTOS HEAD COACH DAVID NOTOANE

Fagrie ‘Hulk’ Lakay (striker, Santos)

Lakay is a young player and a very talented player, who has been with club since the age of 13.

This season we promoted him to the first team and he’s only 17 years old. We don’t want to rush him but we wanted to give him the experience. He’s a classic number 10, fantastic with positional football and has a great attitude.

RULANU MOKWENA, MAMELODI SUNDOWNS YOUTH COACH

It’s not surprising that both these players have been called up to the national team. It’s great for them to be part of the team and I think they will play a key role in the national team.

Ntando ‘Bhubesi’ Ngubane (striker, Mamelodi Sundowns)

Ntando was an important part of our title-winning squad and is the only player to have played in all the games – that gives you an idea of his importance to the team. He’s a player that gives you a lot of energy and he has a high work-rate.

Motjeka ‘Ace’ Mashida (defender, Mamelodi Sundowns)

I don’t think I have seen a defender like Mashida at our club. His defending is top class and he reads the game very well. He was also a key player in the Bayhill, when we played seven games and we were unbeaten, conceded just two goals.

We call him ‘Aces’ because he’s very important for us.

Article by: Christopher Maqashu

Livefyre comments on this story...

Aldair
posted: 2013-12-04 11:23:37

I wonder what the BOKO HARAM leader doing now by the name of Mabena ndumiso

thamzen
posted: 2013-12-04 11:27:53

And chimps has no development players choosen in amajita squad? Its probably due to age cheating............kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

ZipZap Khosified!!!
posted: 2013-12-04 11:33:23

Where is Wits Development????

Neo wa clever
posted: 2013-12-04 11:36:31

where are the Zebras?

K bhaka
posted: 2013-12-04 11:36:38

only the best where chosen,the coach of amajita doesnt wanna confuse zebra boys,he knows they play javelin football and he wants to play carpet football,nika nika.am sure zebras understand,their players might stand a chance if they were in england playing cosmetic football,kwa kwa kwa

Azania
posted: 2013-12-04 11:36:51

I wish Bukenya was South African. Chiefs was going to release him to get some game time and experience!

BucsFaithfull
posted: 2013-12-04 11:41:07

Where is Kaizer Chiefs Development??


Sbu Webhakabhaka
posted: 2013-12-04 11:46:34

Wow the future looks bright indeed. I always have faith in Shakes Mashaba, he has an eye to spot talent. I wish these boys a very good luck and I'm hoping that they'll represent us with pride.

Sweet NomkataKata
posted: 2013-12-04 11:46:46

Zebras development

Rhino Rhino (Mathousand)-He runs like a headless chicken on the field.

Phefeni Boy (The Real Cow)-He kicks the opposition players lik nobody's business 

Bukenya (Ben 11)-He already has a 10 year old grandson, yet they call him a youngstar 

tholokabomo-Tell no lies, Claim no easy victories
posted: 2013-12-04 11:48:20

BucsFaithfull Before I started with the comments i knew the Ratties wil be screaming on top of their voices about Khosi. The youth development at Chiefs is on construction baba. We are taking out pensioners before we can give the real under 15 to the under 20 team.  We don't  want grandpa Vilikazi in our name.

Africa 85
posted: 2013-12-04 11:48:22

Gustavo, Rooney, Rivaldo, Lahm, Hulk, >>overseas nonsense!!!!

whats wrong giving our youngsters nicknames of our very own legends such as Computer, Teenage, Bashin, Trouble-maker, Shoes, 16 V, Legs of Thunder, Ma-Gents, Mokoko, etc?

tholokabomo-Tell no lies, Claim no easy victories
posted: 2013-12-04 11:49:54

ZipZap featuring Lesilo!!! this is the good one.

K bhaka
posted: 2013-12-04 11:50:04

tholokabomo BucsFaithfull eish,i hope that wont be as long as building your stadium neh,since when konje and even today its still under contruction

Sbu Webhakabhaka
posted: 2013-12-04 11:51:08

Kwaaaakwaaa. But can Rhino even kicks the ball? I don't even wana mention Phefeni Empty Box lol

tholokabomo-Tell no lies, Claim no easy victories
posted: 2013-12-04 11:52:33

K bhaka BucsFaithfull  Don't worry by next season our youth will be ready.

K bhaka
posted: 2013-12-04 11:54:52

tholokabomo K bhaka BucsFaithfull i hope so,cos i know you will be focusing on africa

Rhino Rhino
posted: 2013-12-04 12:07:08

All the Players that are Choosen they dont get Paid from their Teams. Chiefs Development Paid Their players more than other PSL Players. Love & Peace. 

Phenyoza
posted: 2013-12-04 12:09:39

Rhino Rhino Do they share their pay with you?

KingOfAfrica
posted: 2013-12-04 12:09:54

He ba!!! No young Zebras?

bhakasowe2
posted: 2013-12-04 12:10:49

Rhino Rhino  vuka uyaphupha

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