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Bumper period for SA's U-23s

By unknown | Nov 09, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Safa yesterday announced a bumper programme aimed at assisting the under-23s to realise their dream of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics and All Africa Games

It starts next Wednesday when they entertain Mali in an international friendly at Katlehong Stadium at 5pm. Admission is free.

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, coach Steve Komphela said he urged captain Robyn Johannes to look for another club in order to play regularly.

This was after Komphela was asked what was the logic in continuing to select Johannes, who is consistently benched by Mamelodi Sundowns.

Team manager Barney Kujane and Andriese Singleton of sponsors Sasol urged South Africans to support the under-23s in their quest to qualify for Beijing and Algeria.

The programme is:

l December 26 to 31 - plan to play away game against Ghana and Ivory Coast;

l January 20 to 31 - eight nations tournament in Qatar;

l February 5 to 7 - play Uganda at home in an Olympic qualifier (OQ);

l February 23 to 25 - play winner between Mozambique and Zimbabwe in an AAG qualifier at home;

l March 9 to 11 - return AAG qualifier;

l March 23 to 25 - return OQ;

l May 28 to June 3 - OQ; and

lJune - take part in the Festival International Espoirs de Toulon.

The team to play Mali:

Goalkeepers - Senzo Meyiwa (Pirates), Itumeleng Khune (Chiefs); Defenders - Lucky Motaung, Vincent Kobola (Winnerspark), Johannes (Sundown), Innocent Mdledle (Pirates), Zane Schalkwyk (Celtic), Thapelo Tshilo (Cosmos), James Madidilane (Celtic);

Midfielders - Daine Klate, Richard Rantjie (SuperSport), Mkhanyiseli Siwahla (Ajax), Tshepo Masilela, Bernard Parker (Benoni), Kurt Mentjies (Rangers), Bongani Mbhele (Swallows);

Strikers - Lebohang Mokoena (Pirates), Lerato Chabangu (Sundowns), Thuso Phala (Silver Stars), Erwin Isaacs (Santos), Dean Furman (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland) and Clive Moyo-Modise (Rochdale, London).


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