Standard Liege starlet Keith Groeneveld explains decision to pull out of Amajita squad
Posted: 20 May 2018 Time: 11:45
Standard Liege defender Keith Groeneveld has explained to KickOff.com why he had to pull out of the Amajita squad ahead of their U-20 African Nations Cup qualifier with Mozambique.
The 18-year-old, who was born in Kimberley but has lived in Belgium since the age of four, has already represented the European country three times at U-18 level.
Groeneveld, though, is still eligible to represent South Africa and was called up by Amajita coach Thabo Senong for a training camp ahead of the two-legged duel with Mozambique.
However, he had to withdraw due to paperwork issues.
"I was called up for the two games against Mozambique, but my SA passport had expired in February 2018. We applied for a new one in April when we were there for the preparation camp but unfortunately the passport wasn't ready in time," Groeneveld told KickOff.com.
"We will travel to SA again end of this month to sort everything out. I am proud to be part of this group of young, ambitious and very talented young South Africans and our goal is to make the country proud and get results.
"The Amajita selection has got some very talented players. I have really enjoyed my time with them and I am devastated not being able to be with my mates at the start of the campaign. But I know they will do well!
"Also, coach Senong and his staff have really impressed me. The training sessions were of a high standard. And of course, the amicable and truly social atmosphere on and off the pitch was heart-warming for someone who is used to northern Europe. I can't wait to come back!"
Amajita will host Mozambique at Moruleng Stadium in the North West on Sunday in the second round of the U-20 AFCON qualifiers, having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Beira City.