15 September 2023 – The South African Football Association (SAFA) has planned two training camps for the newly-formed South African U15 National Team during the FIFA international weeks in October and November, and a final squad will subsequently be selected from this group ahead of the exciting Six Nations International Tournament to be held in December 2023.

The U15 national team was created under the Technical Development Scheme (TDS) in July 2023 when SAFA hosted an U15 interprovincial tournament. A new national side was selected, and a pool of players were identified to become the core base of the U15 national team.

SAFA Technical Director Walter Steenbok implemented the FIFA TDS concept in South Africa and has worked tirelessly to create the U15 National team. He highlighted the main reason behind forming this team.

“We need to prepare our juniors from a younger age, so that when they get to the competitive age of U17 they have gained more international caps and understand our playing philosophy. The Technical Committee of SAFA saw that we have very talented players at youth level, however, they do not have sufficient experience to compete against other nations in high level competitions,” he told www.www.safa.net

“Therefore, we have, identified this group of U15 players to be the next core of the U17 national team that will represent South Africa in 2025. We aim at developing them for the next two years so that we can compete in the next U17 CAF African Cup of Nations, and to qualify for the next FIFA U17 World Cup.”

A preliminary squad of 52 players has been chosen for the upcoming training camps together with a technical staff of coaches who have vast experience in the youth ranks in South African football.

Coach Godfrey Sapula will be the head coach of the U15 national team as he has a lot of experience with this age group. Coaches Thabo Mngomeni, Smuts Ndlovu and Lazarus Kgosana will be the three assistants.

Prelim squad:

1 Lwandiso RADEBE SuperSport United
2 Thenkosi GXEKWA Eastern Cape
3 Blackwel lRONIN Gauteng
4 Von Meulen CHRISTIANO School of Excellence
5 Luke HENDRICKS Cape Town Academy
6 Bokamoso MOKOKOSI Kaizer Chiefs
7 Kann TIAGO Gauteng
8 Liam MARTHINIUS Cape Town Academy
9 Tswelelo MAAKE SuperSport United
10 Lebogang MSWANE School of Excellence
11 Royce MALATJI Kaizer Chiefs
12 Steven MENDES Kaizer Chiefs
13 Emile WITBOOI School of Excellence
14 Caleb BENJAMIN Cape Town
15 Karabo MODIKA Gauteng
16 Khumo KOLOTI SuperSport United
17 Simphiwe MLONDO School of Excellence
18 Lesego HLOPHE Kaizer Chiefs
19 Kgaogelo MONANYANE Mamelodi Sundowns
20 David STOBER SuperSport United
21 Siphesihle ZACA KZN Province
22 Lazarus LUCA SuperSport United
23 Tashiel RUGUNANAN Kaizer Chiefs
24 Umphile MALULELE Limpopo Schools U-17
25 Neo BOHLOKO Kaizer Chiefs
26 Inga SAMANA Ubuntu
27 Rhys FERGUSON Ubuntu
28 Hayden BOOYSEN Ubuntu
29 Ishaam TILLING Ubuntu
30 Riley SWARTS Fortuna Sittard, Netherlands
31 Thabela Siyabonga MALOMANE Junior Khanye Academy
32 Misayami MADINI KZN Academy
33 Dyann FUDU KZN Academy
34 Nhlonipho CENGA KZN Academy
35 Sinalo GXOGXO Buffalo City /Eastern Cape
36 Uyathandwa SBOTHOBOTHO Buffalo City /Eastern Cape
37 Reyaan RAFFIE Rapid Viena, Austria
38 Anando PETIT GERMANY BV 04 Dusseldorf,Germany
39 Noah Kai SMITH AL Jazira, UAE
40 Maurius SIMANGA Frederecia,Denmark
41 Samuel NDLOVU Tips FC, Finland
42 Johannes Ayanda ALBERTSEN Silkeborg, Denmark
43 Selwyn STEVEN Cape Town Spurs
44 Thurston JACOBS Cape Town Spurs
45 Zailen JACOBS Cape Town Spurs
46 Amdriano ADAMS Cape Town Spurs
47 Sive PAMA Cape Town City
48 Anovuyo MQOPI Cape Town City
49 Akhanya SOTASHE Cape Town City
50 Jaylen POTGIETER FC Cologne
51 Ntolo NCEBO KZN Schools U-14

52 Ntokozo ZUNGU KZN Schools U-14