Head coach of the South African Men’s u23 National Team, Owen da Gama, has made six changes to the team that lost 3-1 to Senegal in the opening match of the CAF u23 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday (28 November).
South Africa takes on Zambia this afternoon (Tuesday, 1 December) at the Léopold Senghor Stadium in Dakar.
Kickoff is at 17h00 South African time (15h00 local time).
Jody February will start in goals in place of Ricardo Goss.
The defence has also been altered – Tebogo Moerane comes in for the injured Denwin Farmer at left back, while Abbubaker Mobara moves to right back where Tshepo Rikhotso operated against Senegal. Rivaldo Coetzee and captain Kwanda Mngonyama will be the central defenders.
The midfield has a new look about it.
The Orlando Pirates duo of Gift Motupa and Menzi Masuku, who arrived late last night in camp from Tunisia, get the nod alongside Keagan Dolly and Deolin Mekoa.
Phakamani Mahlambi retains his place upfront and will be assisted by Dumisani Zuma.
Phumlani Ntshangase, Siphelele Ntshangase and Paseka Mako will all start on the bench.
SA u23 11 vs Zambia:
Jody February (GK), Kwanda Mngonyama (c), Rivaldo Coetzee, Tebogo Moerane, Abbubaker Mobara, Keagan Dolly, Gift Motupa, Menzi Masuku, Deolin Mekoa, Phakamani Mahlambi, Dumisani Zuma
South African Men’s u23 National Team defender Denwin Farmer has been ruled out of the crucial clash against Zambia in the CAF u23 Africa Cup of Nations currently underway in Senegal.
Farmer was stretchered off in the 3-1 loss to the hosts on Saturday (28 November) after a clash of heads with an opponent late in the second half, leading to a mild concussion.
He did not complete the training session on Monday afternoon (30 November) and had to watch from the sidelines.
“It is sad for me not to contribute in the clash against Zambia, I would have loved to play but unfortunately I haven’t recovered fully from my injury. However, I support my team fully, I have confidence that they will do well. We have great quality in the squad and I know whoever slots into my position will do a good job. We just need to play as a team and we will come out victorious,” said Farmer.
The medical department is keeping a close eye on him.
“He got a hard knock but suffered a mild concussion, which is good news. He has improved a lot from Saturday but we had to withdraw him from the training session as a precaution and could not risk him in the match with Zambia. Hopefully he will have fully recovered for the next fixture on Saturday against Tunisia,” said team medico Dr Thulani Ngwenya.
The defender is positive about the outcome of the encounter against Zambia.
“To be honest we did not really play bad in the first game, just that we were not composed in the box and our finishing let us down. We need to take our chances better and we will rectify it in the game against Zambia. We must go all out and make sure we do not concede, and score as many goals as possible,” added Farmer.
“Losing is not option at all. We are well prepared and we know what we are up against so have to work on our strengths and let Zambia worry about us.”
The two nations face off on Tuesday, 1 December at the Leopold Senghor Stadium in Dakar, Senegal.
Kickoff is at 17h00 South African time.
Both teams lost their opening matches.
Tunisia and Senegal meet in the other Group A match.
The sporting spotlight turns to women’s football as the South African National Football Association (SAFA) and Sasol get ready to host the 2015 Sasol League National Championships in Sasolburg, Free State from 7 – 13 December 2015.
The seventh edition of the tournament will again feature the nine provincial champions from across the country who, after finishing at the top of their provincial logs, have earned themselves a place in the Championships.
The teams scheduled to battle it out in the week-long tournament at the Harry Gwala Multipurpose Centre in Sasolburg are: Cape Town Roses (Western Cape), Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies (Free State), Coal City Wizards FC (Mpumalanga), Red Roses FC (Eastern Cape), Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies (Gauteng), Durban Ladies FC (Kwa-Zulu Natal), Kanatla Ladies FC (Limpopo), Als Puk Tawana (North West) and the Northern Cape side Galeshewe Ladies/ RC Mills Ladies. The final match of the Sasol League National Champs will take place at .the DP de Villiers Stadium on Sunday, 13 December at 15h00.
The creation of the Sasol League was to provide a platform for women’s football to be developed from club level up, and by improving the standard and quality of women’s football at this level, it would also be a platform for the National Team coaches to scout for talent. The 2015 edition of the Sasol League National Championships will provide another opportunity for the South African National Women’s Football coach, to further scout for talent in the build up to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, for which Sasol Banyana Banyana has qualified.
Vice President for Group Communications and Brand Management at Sasol, Elton Fortuin, expressed his excitement about the 2015 instalment of the tournament.
“This marks Sasol’s seventh year of empowering women through sport and it is rewarding to see the Sasol League National Championships continuing to grow each year. The development of the players, not only in terms of their football skills, but also their personal growth is admirable. The key purpose behind our involvement in the sport is to help break gender barriers, enabling women to realise their potential. We therefore wish each participating team well for the Championships.”
For many of the teams, securing a place in the National Championships was not an easy task. In Gauteng, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies at the top of their stream with 43 points, went into their decider against Croesus Ladies FC who were also at the top of their stream with 46 points. In the end, Sundowns beat Croesus 2-1 to secure their spot in the National Championships.
In KwaZulu-Natal, a hotly contested provincial final match between Durban Ladies FC and DUT Midlands saw Durban Ladies clinch their National Championships berth with an emphatic 3-0 victory against their counterparts.
Meanwhile, the Sasol League defending champions Cape Town Roses FC are gearing up to secure their title against the fierce competition, after they finished top of the Western Cape log with 80 points, just three points clear of the UWC Ladies team.
Tournament regulars Mpumalanga’s Coal City Wizards will make yet another appearance in the National Championships, after finishing top of the Mpumalanga log on 39 points. Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies in the Free State have qualified for the Sasol League National Championships after finishing top of the Free State log with 84 points, a massive 17 points ahead of their closest rivals Ace Milan.
Als Puk Tawana FC (North West), Red Roses FC (Eastern Cape) and Kanatla Ladies FC (Limpopo) all respectively raked in maximum points during their provincial qualifying rounds to secure their spots in the annual Championships in December.
The Northern Cape’s qualifier featuring Galeshewe Ladies FC and RC Mills Ladies FC will be played on 1 December and the result will be announced after the fixture as been played.
As an incentive to celebrate the achievements of players during the tournament, Sasol and SAFA will be awarding the Diski Queen of each match R1000 in prize money and all individual award winners will receive R5000 each.
SAFA’s Chairperson of Women’s Football expressed her excitement for this year’s edition saying “That time of the year has come where all nine provincial winners would have to compete and produce a National winner. The championship is not only about producing a winner but also an opportunity to unearth talent for all three of our women's national teams. Let the week ahead be a realization of dreams.”
Football loving fans in Sasolburg are encouraged to come to the Harry Gwala Multipurpose Centre to catch all the action of the group stages, quarter-finals and the semi-finals from 7 - 12 December. The final will take place at the DP de Villiers Stadium on Sunday, 13 December 2015 at 15h00.
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