Mashaba keeps squad for Ethiopia qualifier

SA National Teams

After a short break, Amajita are back in camp for the second leg, which takes place on Sunday at Bidvest Wits Stadium.

Kick-off is at 15h00.

Amajita won the first-leg 2-0 courtesy of goals from Siyanda Ngubo and Tsepo Chaine.

A win for Amajita this weekend will see them play Cameroon in the third and final round of qualifiers.

The overall winner between the two nations will qualify for the 19th Edition of the African Youth Championships which will be held in Senegal from 8 – 22 March in 2015.

The top four teams in the tournament will represent Africa at the 2015 Fifa Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Amajita have been in camp since Sunday.

“I am glad that all the boys are in as expected with the exception of Morne Nel who was unable to join us. We have the advantage of the two goals we scored in Addis Ababa. Now the priority is to consolidate the victory by going for more goals, but at the same time we should be careful not to give them opportunities to score. But we will not sit back as it could prove dangerous,” said Mashaba.

“We saw what they are capable of. They can play when given space; so we need tigers in the middle of the park to thwart any danger the opponents could pose, we don’t want them to play at all.

“The good thing also is that we have kept the bulk of the players that did duty in the first leg for continuity, as you can’t afford to change the team too much. If it is not broken, don’t fix it. On Sunday we must continue from where left off in Addis.”

SA Squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Jethren BARR (Bidvest Wits), Dumisani MSIBI (Supersport United), Jody FEBRUARY (Ajax Cape Town)

DEFENDERS: Madisha MOTJEKA (Mamelodi Sundowns), Khumbulani MKHIZE (N. West Shinning stars), Denwin FARMER (Supersport United), Ayabulela MAQGWAKA (Ajax Cape Town), Maphosa MODIBA (MP Black Aces), Tebogo MOERANE (Bidvest Wits), Jason SKEEPERS (Mamelodi Sundowns)

MIDFIELDERS: Siphelele LUTHULI (Univ. of Pretoria), Tlotlo LEEPILE (Stars of Africa Academy), Nhlakanipho NTULI (FC Twente (Holland), Skhumbuzo MAZIBUKO (Supersport United), Bandile SHANDU (Maritzburg United), Pule MARAISANE (Stars of Africa Academy), Tshepo LIPHOKO (Amazulu)

STRIKERS: Fagrie LAKAY (Santos), Linda BHENGU (Durban Warriors), Tshepo CHAINE (Black Urbans), Siyanda NGUBO (N. West Shining Stars)