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Mtsweni enjoying national U-23 set-up ahead of Palestine clash

Posted: 11 March 2015 Time: 13:54

National U-23 defender Simphiwe Mtsweni firmly believes that the 23-man squad that has been assembled by Owen da Gama can represent the nation well.

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Despite the team being made up of either players who are struggling to make the starting eleven at their PSL clubs, including Mtsweni, or are playing lower division football, he is adamant that it is a good unit.

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“First of all, I want to thank the coach for the call-up. This is my first time being part of the national team,” he says.

“Since we came here, everything has been looking good and we played two friendly games - so far so good. We won our friendly games against Jomo Cosmos and Bidvest Wits and you wouldn’t say this is a team that just got together for camp,” he continues.

The 20-year-old, who has started one match for Kaizer Chiefs this season against Edu Sport in the Nedbank Cup on February 21, adds that the players are fit and raring to go despite their little game-time at club level.

“When you are fit as a player, there is nothing that can stop you,” Mtsweni concludes.

The U-23 team will play a friendly against Palestine in Hebron on Saturday.

Da Gama's charges are preparing for an All Africa Games qualifier against Sudan on March 21, as well as for the 2016 Olympic qualifiers.

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