18 January 2019 – AmaZulu FC defender Sibusiso Mabiliso reported for South Africa’s National Under-20 (Amajita) preparation camp in White River, Mpumalanga on Friday.
Mabiliso’s arrival comes after he had feature in AmaZulu’s Premier Soccer League match against Kaizer Chiefs this past Wednesday (16 January) at King Zwelithini Stadium.
Amajita coach Thabo Senong expressed how pleased he was regarding the arrival of the 19-year old left-back, adding that he also gave a good account of himself in his first training session with the team.
Amajita are in camp preparing for the upcoming 2019 Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations which will run from 2 – 17 February in Niger.
A top four finish in the continental tournament will see Amajita qualifying for the upcoming 2019 FIFA World Cup set to take place in Poland later in the year.
“The team trained very well today,” Senong said. “Mabiliso also joined the squad today and had a good training session as well. He is a nice addition to have in our squad as we continue with our preparations for the tournament.”
Amajita will play two friendly matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday before they head back to Johannesburg later on Sunday afternoon.
The AFCON-bound national U20 side will face NFD side TS Sporting on Saturday at Ingwenyama Lodge; before they take on Mozambican professional side Costa do Sol FC the following day.
Both matches will kick-off at 10h00.
Senong stated that both encounters will play a key role in measuring how far they have come in their preparations leading up to this year’s continental showdown.
Amajita are in Group B alongside hosts Niger, Burundi and Nigeria.