27 July 2018 – SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan said the future of South African football was looking healthy following the exploits of several junior national teams in qualifying for upcoming major tournaments.

Presenting Banyana Banyana, Amajita and Bantwana coaches to the media following the teams’ qualifications for the Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA World Cup tournaments, the SAFA President said such exposure can only benefit the Senior National Teams, Bafana Bafana, in particular, going forward.

“We are extremely proud of the successes of our National Teams in qualifying for major tournaments and this bodes well for the future,” said Dr Jordaan.

The Men’s u20 National Team, Amajita have just qualified for AFCON in Niger and join the Senior Women’s National Team, Banyana Banyana in competing in the continental showpiece while the Women’s u17 National Team, Bantwana will be going to Uruguay for the FIFA World Cup which will take place in November this year.

Amajimbos, the u17 Men’s National Team are currently in Mauritius and are on the verge of qualifying for AFCON in Tanzania next year.

All of the three National Team coaches present, Simphiwe Dludlu, Thabo Senong and Desiree Ellis said South Africa football was headed for the top with junior national teams leading that upsurge.

Dludlu said a good show by junior teams means the future of South African was solid adding that the fans should rally behind the youths as they were the stars of tomorrow.

Under-20 coach Senong said they would strive to do even better than the previous years when they qualified for the World Cup adding that they want to make a statement in Niger next year.

These sentiments were echoed by Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis who said the trip to Ghana was en route to the FIFA World Cup in France.

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