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Amajita suffer Lakay blow ahead of African Youth Championship

Posted: 23 February 2015 Time: 10:33

Santos striker Fagrie Lakay has been withdrawn from the South Africa U-20 team after failing to recover from a hamstring injury.

Amajita will depart on Wednesday for Senegal to compete at the 2015 African Youth Championship, taking place from March 8 to 22.

“We would have loved to travel with Fagrie to Senegal as he has proved to be an integral part of this team. His immense contribution got us to where we are today – who can forget the two crucial goals he scored in Polokwane when we defeated Cameroon in the second leg to qualify for the AYC,” said Amajita coach Thabiso Senong, who will name his final 21-man squad tomorrow.

“Unfortunately he failed to shake off his injury, which will take some time to heal. And if you take into consideration that he hasn’t played football for about a month, once he recovers he will also need to get his fitness levels up to the same as the other players but there is not enough time for that as the tournament is around the corner. We are saddened that he won’t be with us but we know he is a fighter and will bounce back. He could be with us should we qualify for the World Cup. The same goes for all the other players we will leave behind whether because of injury or will not make the cut.”

Fagrie joins three other players on the injury list who were part of the qualifiers - goalkeeper Jethren Barr (dislocated finger), striker Tshepo Liphoko (big toe on the right foot) and defender Denwin Farmer (left knee injury).

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