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SA U17 Men confident ahead of 2nd leg qualifier in Ghana

2012-11-30
 

SA U17 Men's National team 2012The South African National Under 17 Men’s National Team (Amajimbos) is confident of getting a positive result when they take on Ghana in the second leg, third round match of the Africa Youth Championship qualifier.

The match takes place on Saturday, 01 December 2012 at the Essipong Stadium in Ghana.

Kick-off is 15h00 local time in Ghana (17h00 SA time).

The South Africans have arrived safely and have already had one training session, with the final one scheduled for today (Friday, 30 November) at the match venue.

Amajimbos lost the first leg 3-2 in the first leg played two weeks ago at the Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton, Johannesburg.

But coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba is not very concerned.
"We are aware of the advantage the Ghanaians have but we don't want to dwell on the past. This is a new match for both teams.

“I have emphasised to my players to go out there and try to get a win. If we are determined and committed, results will take care of themselves. If Ghana managed to score three goals away from home, I don’t see the reason why we can’t do the same away from home. We have as much chance of qualifying as they do but we have to work for it," said Mashaba.
 
Mashaba has also cautioned his players not to be overawed by the home crowd.
 
"Fortunately we don’t have any injuries and the boys are adjusting well to the hot and humid conditions here in Ghana. My players know what to expect in this crucial qualifier.”

The overall winner of this encounter will qualify for the 10th Edition of the African U-17 Youth Championship scheduled to take place in Morocco from 13 – 27 April 2013.

Here is the SA U17 squad in Ghana:

NO.
PLAYER'S NAME
CLUB
1
Jody February
Ajax Cape Town FC
2
Sibongiseni Mkhize
Orlando Pirates FC
3
Rivaldo Coetzee
Ajax Cape Town FC
4
Ayabulela Magqwaka
 
Ajax Cape Town FC
5
Tshidiso Monamodi
Bidvest Wits FC
6
Thembinkosi Phiri
Bidvest Wits FC
7
Kabelo Seriba
Supersport United FC
  8 
Ricardo Ndiki Africa Sport Development
9
Sabelo Malunga
Orlando Pirates FC
10
Bongane Mathebula
Orlando Pirates FC
11
Sizwe Khumalo
Wits Junior
12
Morne Nel
Old Mutual Academy
13
Tshepo Mashigo
School of Excellence
14
Nhlakanipho Ntuli
Orlando Pirates FC
15
Bongani Khanyile
Orlando Pirates FC
16
Thamsanqa Masiya
Sundowns FC
17
Fagrie Lakay
Santos FC
18
Siyanda Ngcobo
Orlando Pirates FC
19
Elias Monene
Diambars Academy
20
Linda Bhengu
Amazulu FC
 
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