Sundowns striker returns to Egypt

SA National Teams

The South Africa under-23 national team has received a major boost ahead of their trip to Egypt to participate at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mamelodi Sundowns have agreed to release striker Phakamani Mahlambi for the tournament in Egypt.

The under-23s have been struggling to assemble their strongest team after some of the PSL clubs declined to release their players for the continental competition.

The teams that finish in the top three of the tournament are set to represent Africa at the Olympics Games in Japan next year.

South Africa have been pitted against Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Zambia in Group B of the Africa Cup of Nations, which is set to kick off on November 8 with the final set for Cairo on November 22.

Coach David Notoane has announced his team for Cairo.

SA U23 Squad

Goalkeepers: Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic)‚ Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town‚ Andile Mbanjwa (Richards Bay FC)

Defenders: Keagan Johannes (Ajax Cape Town)‚ Siyabonga Ngezana (Kaizer Chiefs‚ Thendo Mukumela (Ajax Cape Town)‚ Thabiso Monyane (Orlando Pirates‚ Happy Mashiane (Kaizer Chiefs)‚ Tercious Malepe (Chippa United)‚ Katlego Mohamme (University of Pretoria)‚ Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City)

Midfielders: Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United)‚ Athenkosi Dlala (University of Pretoria‚ Kobamelo Kodisang (FC Braga‚ Portugal)‚ Kamohelo Mahlatsi (University of Pretoria)‚ Grant Margeman (Ajax Cape Town)‚ Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United)

Strikers: Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Lyle Foster (Cercle Brugge‚ Belgium)‚ Itumeleng Shopane (Swallows FC), Luther Singh (Moreirense FC‚ Portugal)