18 November 2020 – Amajimbos Coach Vela Khumalo has announced his 20-man squad that will take part in the 2020 U/17 COSAFA Cup men’s championship that will be staged in Port Elizabeth from 19-29 November 2020.

There is a lot at stake as the tournament will serve as a zonal qualifier for the 2021 CAF Under-17 Cup of Nations that will be hosted in Morocco in July 2021.

South Africa will enter into this tournament as the only nation to have participated in every edition of the U17 COSAFA Men’s tournament and will be hoping to lift the title for the third time to end a long-standing drought having last won it in 2002.

Speaking ahead of their first game Khumalo acknowledged that it has taken a lot of hard work to get the players ready for the tournament after months of suspended sporting activities due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“As you know we just recently opened amateur football and the level one regulations are still there and a lot of arrangements had to be made. When you analyse the players you can tell that it has been a long layoff”. Said Khumalo.

“We want to start well so we can finish in a good position,”’ he concluded.

Amajimbos will open their zonal qualifiers against Eswatini on Thursday, 19 November.

Kick-off 15h30. 

Amajimbos Squad:


Enrique Erasmus (Starts of Africa)


Lyema   Dipolo   (Supersport UnitedFC)

Siyabonga Gumede (School of Excellence)

Puso      Dithejane (School of Excellence)

Sishi       Simthandile (Stars of Africa)

Akhanyile Norawana (School of Excellence)


Lindokuhle Mbutho (Highlands Park)

Unathi  Radebe (Ajax Cape Town)

Luciano Jonas (Unattached (Former Wits)

Siphesihle Tati (Kaizer Chiefs FC)

Mduduzi Shabalala (Kaizer Chiefs FC)

Yamkela Phalane (Amazulu FC)

Ntandoyenkosi Nkosi (Kaizer Chiefs FC)

Innocent Mailula (Unattached)


Sanele  Sikhosana (AP Apprentice Academy)

Innocent Ntlhane (School of Excellence)

Mikhenso Mbiga (TS Galaxy)

Keavanio Francis (School of Excellence)

Thabang Mahlangu (Supersport United FC)

Neo Dikgale (Tuks FC)

For further information please contact:

SAFA: Head of Communications

Dominic Chimhavi

Email: dominic.chimhavi@safa.net

Mobile: +27 71 332 9886