Thabo Senong announces 34-man Amajita squad for CAF Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations training camp
Posted: 11 January 2019 Time: 15:53
Leicester City winger Khanya Leshabela has been called up to the South Africa U-20 squad by head coach Thabo Senong as one of seven overseas-based players.
Leshabela, 19, caps off a remarkable week in which he penned his first professional contract with the Premier League side to earn a call-up alongside six other players based in Europe.
Defender Bradley Cross of Schalke U-18s, Tashreeq Matthews from FC Utrecht II, Kabomelo Kodisang of Portuguese outfit Sanjoanense, Sphephelo Sithole and Buhle Damane of Vitoria FC and Lyle Foster who joined AS Monaco this month are all part of the competitive squad who are set to join a local camp between 14–19 January.
The 34-man squad will be trimmed down to 21 players before they jet off to Senegal for their final friendly fixture before U-20 Afcon in Niger next month.
"This camp will also serve as a perfect opportunity of laying a tactical base of getting our players to understand what will be expected of them when we arrive in Niger," Senong enthused before stating their targets of a last-four requirement to qualify for U20 FIFA World Cup in Poland later this year.
"Our goal is to see this team reach the semi-final stages of this competition. However, we do not want our players to be stressing about such.
"Our goal is to make sure that they enjoy every single match they compete it. That state of mind always leads to positive results being produced on the field."
CAF Provisional Squad List in full:
Buhle Damane (Vitoria FC), Khulekani Kubheka (Cape Umoya), Kopano Thuntsane (Orlando Pirates)
Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs), Kgomotso Chiwayo (Tuks), Malebogo Modise (M. Tigers), Bradley Cross (Schalke U18), Keenan Abrahams (Ajax Cape Town), Givemore Khupe (Cape Umoya), Sibusiso Mabaliso (Amazulu), Fezile Gcaba (Pele Pele FC), Luke Fluers (Supersport United), Lesley Mbongeni Kanyane (Bidvest Wits), Thabo Moloisane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Keenan Phillips (Bidvest Wits)
Philasande Mfanafikile Dlamini (Golden Arrows), Siphesihle Mkhize (Mamelodi Sundowns), Luke Le Roux (Supersport United), Duncan Adonis (Cape Town City), Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Solly Molahlehi Kunyedi (Bidvest Wits), Kobamelo Kodisang (AD Sanjoanense), Promise Mkhuma (Mamelodi Sundowns), Tashreeq Matthews (Utrecht II), Simphiwe Ncamane (TS Sporting), Goodman Mosele (Baroka), Khanya Leshabela (Leicester City), Sphephelo Sithole (Vitoria FC)
Thabiso Monyane (Orlando Pirates), Lyle Foster (AS Monaco II), Bayanda Shangase (Amazulu), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United), Luvuyo Phewa (Real Kings)
Amajita were drawn in Group A alongside hosts Niger, Burundi and Nigeria for the 2019 U-20 Afcon which kicks off on February 2.