“While our preparations have gone fairly well, I would have loved not to have lost players at this stage, after having had two boys from BidVest Wits withdrawn,” says coach Teboho Moloi.
“But, the bright side of that is that it gives us a chance to look at other talent as we move towards our African Youth Championships qualifiers that start in September.
“We are going to take this tournament in Namibia very seriously in order to defend the title for the second time.
“I’m taking 14 new faces with me as an exercise to increase the pool of players. A bigger pool allows us to feed the Under17’s without struggling for replacements when we have games clashing between the two national sides.
“We are also building towards the Cosafa Under-20 Youth Cup in November/December, which we will enter as runners-up after losing to Zimbabwe 3-1 in a penalty shootout,” says Moloi.
The Four Nations Fixtures: 16 March - Namibia v Namibia B – 16h00 Westphalia v South Africa – 18h00 17 March - Westphalia v Namibia B – 16h00 Namibia v South Africa – 18h00 18 March – South Africa v Namibia – 16h00 Namibia v Westphalia – 18h00 19 March – Rest day 20 March – Third Play-off – 16h00 Final –18h00
Goalkeepers: Sanele Ngubane (Afrika Sports Academy), Abram Marosha (Harmony Academy)
Defenders: Doctor Mampuru (Bidvest Wits FC), Junior Gaeadinee (Platinum Stars FC), Sello Mahlaka (Afrika Sports Academy), Mbongeni Gumede (Orlando Pirates FC), Siyabonga Mkhwanazi (Orlando Pirates FC), Kamogelo Ratau (Orlando Pirates FC)
Midfielders:Siyanda Khumalo (Orlando Pirates FC), Thomas Serubarube (Orlando Pirates FC), Ayanda Mbatha (Maras United FC), Mothusi Gopane (Bidvest Wits FC), Joseph Madito (Supersport United FC), Khulekani Khumalo (Afrika Sports Academy), Lehlogonolo Masalesa (Afrika Sports Academy), Menzi Masuku (Afrika Sports Academy)
Strikers: Justice Nozozo (Afrika Sport Academy), Itumeleng Ramakone (Kaizer Chiefs FC), Sanele Mkize, Maritzburg City FC), Fezile Billie (School of Excellence)