1 May 2019 – Midfielders Khanya Leshabela and Luvuyo Phewa had their first training session with the South African U-20 Men’s National Team earlier today (Wednesday, 1 May) after arriving in Szamotuly, Poland.
Leshabela, the 19-year old pacy Leicester City FC attacking midfielder, flew from England while Phewa, of Real Kings FC, joined the team from South Africa.
Head coach Thabo Senong said he was pleased that both players were able to join the team, adding that the Amajita’s World Cup preparation camp would have not have been possible without the support of all clubs who decided to release their players.
“We had three solid sessions after arriving here in Poland,” Senong said. “The boys are responding very well in training, however, the team is not where we want it to be as yet.
“I am also happy that both Khanya Leshabela and Luvuyo Phewa joined the team this morning,” Senong added. “I would like to thank all the clubs who willing released their players for this preparation phase because, without their support, none of this would have been possible.”
The duo form part of the Amajita squad that is currently in camp preparing for the upcoming 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will take place in Poland from 23 May to 15 June.
In the World Cup, Amajita are Group F alongside Argentina, Korea Republic and Portugal.
A top two finish in that group will guarantee then a place in the knockout stages of the tournament.