Friday Nov 01, 2019. 15:00
South Africa coach David Notoane has named his squad for the 2019 Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations to be played in Egypt from November 8-22, and included a number of his leading players despite questions over whether they will be released by clubs.
Notoane has stuck with the bulk of the team that participated in the qualifiers, including Belgian-based forward Lyle Foster and Luther Singh, who plays for Portuguese side Moreirense.
He has also included players from Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, despite the fact they have a derby game next weekend, and has also drafted in the key SuperSport United duo Sipho Mbule and Teboho Mokoena.
South Africa meet Zambia in their Group B opener on November 9. That will be followed by a clash with Ivory Coast three days later, before they round out their pool play against Nigeria on November 15.
South Africa squad:
Goalkeepers: Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Andile Mbanjwa (Richards Bay)
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 (Sporting Braga B, Portugal), Kamohelo Mahlatsi (University Of Pretoria), Grant Magerman (Ajax Cape Town), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Luther Singh (Moreirense, Portugal)
Strikers: Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lyle Foster (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Itumeleng Shopane (Swallows FC)