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.