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Thabo Senong names Amajita squad for COSAFA Champs

Posted: 5 December 2017 Time: 08:06

South Africa U-20 coach Thabo Senong has named a 20-man squad for the 2017 COSAFA U-20 Youth Championships, taking place in Kitwe, Zambia from December 6 to 16.

Amajita have been paired with North African guest nation Egypt, Mozambique and Mauritius in Group B.

Senong has faith in his squad, which includes Orlando Pirates' first-team striker Lyle Foster.

Senong said: “We have had a great camp and believe we have selected a balanced yet attractive team. The technical staff deliberated throughout the weekend on a few players and this was a healthy headache to have as we did final assessments.

“We are looking forward to a great tournament where we will be facing oppositions with different styles of play. Mauritius play long balls many, while the Mozambicans like to keep it on the ground and of course, the Egyptians are known for the counter attacks and aggressive play.

“We believe we have a good team, but have no intention on putting pressure on the players because we are working on a bigger objective.

“We want to be able to give all 20 players a run during the tournament and we will emphasise to them on a daily basis that they must enjoy the challenge at hand.”

Amajita COSAFA Squad:  

GOALKEEPERS:
1. Sanele TSHABALALA Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
2. Renald LEANER Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
3. Khulekani KUBHEKA Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
DEFENDERS
4. Kamogelo Thomas SAMBO Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
5. Thendo MUKUMELA Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
6. Keanu CUPIDO Ajaccio (France)
7. Kiyaam BULL Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
8. Sbusiso Gideon MABILISO Platinum Stars FC (SA)
9. Bradley  CROSS Black Aces FC (SA)
10. Malebogo MODISE Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
MIDFIELDERS:
11. Thabani ZUKE Golden Arrows FC (SA)
12. Katlego NTSHABELENG University of Johannesburg  (SA)
13. Sifundo Jesus SIBIYA Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
14. Happy MASHIANE Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
15. Lehlogonolo George MATLOU Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
16. Patrick MASWANGANYI Stars of Africa Acedemy  (SA)
17. Nkosingiphile NGCOBO Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
STRIKERS:
18. Luvuyo MKATSHANA Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
19. Lyle FOSTER Orlando Pirates  FC (SA)
20. Siphumelele MBULU Orlando Pirates  FC (SA)
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