Thursday Jan 05, 2017. 09:30
Ahead of the 2017 U20 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Zambia, South African coach Thabo Senong says he hope to have a full squad.
The tournament is set to be staged in Zambia and he wants his side to report for camp from January 22 until February 06 this with the side having already started preparations.
According to the Daily Sun, the coach is worried about player unavailability as some clubs have refused to release their players for national team duty.
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The junior tournament is set for 26 February to 12 March and Amajita are in Group B with Senegal, Cameroon and Sudan, while hosts Junior Chipolopolo are in Group A with Mali, Guinea and Egypt.
“We have been engaging coaches on the importance of having the players for this competition, but our real challenge may be getting the players in time,” said Senong.
“The MutliChoice Diski Challenge (PSL reserve league) will have resumed by then and players may be needed there. Clubs are taking that competition very seriously.
“The technical director has been in communication with clubs. It’s easier for countries like Zambia, they get support. I hope to get co-operation.”