South Africa national under-23 team coach David Notoane has provided insight into his selection of Siyabonga Ngezana, Happy Mashiane and Thabiso Monyane.
Notoane is currently fine-tuning his side for the upcoming Africa U23 Cup of Nations which will take place in Egypt next month, with a friendly lined up against the host nation this weekend.
Kaizer Chiefs’ duo of Ngezana and Mashiane have both had minimal game-time so far this season, with the latter having just returned from a long injury lay-off, while Orlando Pirates youngster Monyane has also earned his first call-up, and Notoane has since explained their inclusions.
“Some players are not playing regularly at their teams but because they are training at a high level and they are playing friendly matches, we have confidence that when we bring them into the team for competitive matches, they are more than capable,” said Notoane.
“I’m talking about the Siya Ngezanas, Happy Mashianes, who we’ve brought in to increase our pool at left-back, and there’s also Thabiso Monyane, who graduates from the under-20 and has been doing very well for Pirates.
“We’re seeing the tactical challenges and discussing with coach Rhulani [Mokwena], getting feedback that he’s closer to being ready [for the step up], so we’re bringing him in to see.
“With Reeve [Frosler] having hamstring issues now, we need to also increase our pool in that particular [right-back] position.
“Also, on the other side we have [Katlego] Mohamme back and we’re continuing with Bongani Sam, while we’re bringing Mashiane to see what quality he can bring us, and the best two will then have a shot at the position.”
South Africa depart for Cairo on Wednesday and will face Egypt in two practice matches on Friday and Sunday, before the U23 AFCON kicks off on November 8.