12 May 2018– Head coach of the Burger King-sponsored South African U20 Men’s National Team (Amajita), Thabo Senong, has annoucned the starting 11 that will take on Mozambique in the first leg second round of the CAF U20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The clash takes place this afternoon (Saturday, 12 May 2018) at Campo de Ferroviaro da Beira in Beira City, Mozambique. Kickoff is at 15h00.
Senong has named two uncapped players – defenders Thabo Moloisane and Njabulo Blom. Khulekani Kubheka, who will also captain for the first time, is in goal. His rearguard is made up of Siphesihle Mkhize, Malebogo Modise, Givemore Khupe as well as Moloisane and Blom. The midfield has a wealth of experience – with PSL stars Wiseman Meyiwa of Kaizer Chiefs and Kobamelo Kodisang getting the nod, and will work alongside Tashreeq Matthews of Ajax Cape Town and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, also of Kaizer Chiefs.
Orlando Pirates marksman Lyle Foster is expected to bang in the goals for Senong’s team.
On the bench, Senong has seven uncapped players whom he can call upon during the game – Luke Fleurs, Reece Vetter, Jesse Donn as well as Promise Mkhuma and Shungu Dutiro. Also starting from the bench are Duncan Adonis and goalkeeper Glen Baadjies.
Amajita received a bye in the first round, and will face a Mambinhas (U20 Mozambique Men’s National Team) side that walloped the Seychelles 6-0 over two legs in the same stage.
The South Africans return home on on Sunday, 13 May.
Amajita will have a training session on Monday morning (14 May) before moving their based camp to Rustenburg in the afternoon.
The second leg between South Africa and Mozambique will be played on Sunday, 20 May at the Moruleng Stadium, near Rustenburg.
Kickoff is at 15h00.
Amajita starting XI vs Mozambique:
Khulekani Kubheka (GK) (c), Siphesihle Mkhize, Malebogo Modise, Givemore Khupe, Thabo Moloisane, Njabulo Blom, Wiseman Meyiwa, Kobamelo Kodisang, Tashreeq Matthews, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Lyle Foster.
Glen Baadjies (GK), Luke Fleurs, Jesse Donn, Reece Vetter, Promise Mkhuma, Shungu Dutiro, Duncan Adonis.