Ramadan Suliman of Sudan challenged by Phakamani Mahlambi of South Africa during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Sudan and South Africa at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 05 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Wednesday Apr 19, 2017. 16:30
With the 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, South African U20 coach Thabo Senong has already started with preparations for the junior tournament.
The global event is scheduled to be staged in South Korea next month and the South African mentor has wasted no time in getting his charges ready.
Although he will miss key players who are based in the Premier Soccer League such as Bidvest Wits' Phakamani Mahlambi and Reeve Frosler, Ajax Cape Town midfielder Grant Margeman and SuperSport United players in Teboho Mokoena and Fagrie Lakay, Senong's men will assemble for camp on Thursday.
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"This is a minor crisis we have become accustomed too, but there is not much I can do about it. I have said this many times before that we have a pool of players that we are monitoring and therefore we can make changes going into the camp,” said Senong.
"I know that I deal with a difficult age group as these players break into their first teams around the same time we need them at the national set up.
“I am happy for players like Reeve Frosler and Grant Margeman because they are getting the much needed game time at the highest level locally but at times we need to give our players the much needed international exposure."
It is also announced that the team will leave the country next week Tuesday, to the Netherlandsas they to continue their preparations for the U-20 World Cup.
Amajita are in Group D with Italy, Uruguay and Japan and the tournament is set to get underway in South Korea from May 20 to June 11.
The full squad
Goalkeepers: Tshabalala (Bidvest Wits), Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Mpoto (SuperSport United), Kubheka (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Defenders: Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mukumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ngcobo (Mamelodi Sundowns), Malepe (Orlando Pirates), Saralina (Ajax Cape Town), Mthetwa (Orlando Pirates), Ceres (Ajax Cape Town), Ngezana (Kaizer Chiefs), Kammies (Ajax Cape Town)
Midfielders: Mbule (SuperSport United), Meyiwa (Kaizer Chiefs), Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Mbatha (Bidvest Wits), Kodisang (Platinum Stars), Rambuwane (Hapoel Ra'anana), Seriba (FC Metta, Latvia), Pholongo (Ajax Cape Town), Singh (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Mtshweni (SuperSport United)
Strikers: Shopane (Kaizer Chiefs), Jordan (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Cele (Benfica, Portugal), Ntshabeleng (University of Pretoria), Makgalwa (Mamelodi Sundowns)