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U-23 circus won't stop

By unknown | Jan 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The chopping and changing at the makeshift South African under-23 national soccer side continued yesterday with the arrival of Tumelo Nhlapo (pictured).

Nhlapo was roped into the team after the withdrawal of the relatively unknown Dean Furman, who was born in Cape Town but now plays for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland.

Nhlapo joined the team when they travelled to Doha, Qatar, for an eight nations tournament yesterday.

"Glasgow Rangers refused to release Dean. They argued that the Qatar tournament was not sanctioned by Fifa," said Barney Kujane, the team's project director.

"After some discussions with the technical staff, we decided to call up Tumelo, who has a wealth of international experience at junior level."

Several Premiership clubs also refused to release their players because this is not a Fifa sanctioned tournament.

The talented Nhlapo, who plays for Harmony Academy in Free State, has come through the ranks of Majimbos.

He was a member of the Majimbos who made history when they became the first SA team to qualify for the African Under-17 Championships in Gambia in 2005. He is a target of Bloemfontein Celtic.


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