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SA U-23 depart for Benin

2011-05-31
 

Ephriam Shakes MashabaThe South African National Under 23 team has concluded preparations ahead of their much-anticipated upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games qualifying match against Benin.

The match is scheduled to take place in Benin on Saturday, 04 June 2011 at the René Pleven Stadium. Kick off is at 16h00 local time in Benin. (15h00 South African time).

The South Africans depart for Benin on Wednesday, 01 June 2011 where they will play that country in what is arguably the players’ most important match as this is an age-based competition. Some of the players will never get another chance to compete in the Olympics as they might be over the required age in the next Games.

The team had travelled to Mauritius in an effort to fine tune the Shakes Mashaba-led side before facing Benin.

South Africa played two friendly matches against the hosts (Mauritius), emerging one nil winners with a Mandla Masango goal in the first match on Thursday (26 may 2011) and then drew the second nil-nil on Sunday (29 May 2011).

“This was a very crucial trip for our players as it gave me and my technical team some idea of how ready we are for Benin. I am happy with the outcome and can draw a lot of positives from those matches. We played much better in the second match even though the result does not reflect the whole match. We are now lok forward to the clash against Benin with a lot of optimism,” said Mashaba.

The head coach adds that Benin is a very physical side and the South Africans should expect a tough day at the office.

“We know that Benin as most African Countries have big physical players and we don’t expect any less this time around and we are ready for that battle. The Mauritians were also a bit on the physical side but we managed to deal with that element of the game and that is why I believe we will do well in Benin,” added Mashaba.

The team departs at 15:40 on Wednesday (1 June 2011) and lands in South Africa on Monday (6 June 2011) at 06h05 in the morning.

Selected squad for Benin:

NO.

PLAYER'S NAME

CLUB

 

 

 

1

Boalefa Pule

Platinum Stars

2

Brilliant Khuzwayo

Amazulu

3

Daren Keet

Bidvest Wits

DEFENDERS

4

Siyabonga Zulu

Orlando Pirates

5

Mthetheleli Sibusiso Mxoyana

Orlando Pirates

6

Ramahlwe Mphahlele

Moroka Swallows

7

Doctor Mampuru

Puk Tawana

8

Eric Mathoho

Bolemfontein Celtic

9

Thulani Hlatshwayo

Ajax Cape Town

10

Glawin Shitolo

Jomo Cosmos

MIDFIELDERS

11

Bongolethu Jayiya

Bidvest Wits

12

Thandani Ntshumayelo

Supersport United

13

Kamohelo Mokotjo

Feyenoord Rotterdam

14

Mandla Masango

Kaizer Chiefs

15

Sameehg Doutie

Ajax Cape Town

16

Themba Zwane

Mamelodi Sundowns

17

Christopher Flandorp

Bidvest Wits

18

Thami Sangweni

Amazulu

 

STRIKERS

19

Bongani Ndulula

Orlando Pirates

20

Phumelele Ace Bhengu

Bay United

21

Riaan Eugene

Santos

 

 

 

 
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