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Majimbos' plans in turmoil

By unknown | Feb 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Majimbos' preparations for the African Under-17 Championships are in turmoil a mere three weeks before their opening match against the hosts on March 10.

The country's soccer governing body is still to authorise a programme submitted by coach Doctor Khumalo and his assistant, Solly Luvhengo.

While the other seven countries are wrapping up their preparations, South Africa have had two training camps. Preparations have been hampered by some clubs' refusal to release the players who only started gaining prominence after outstanding performances at Majimbos.

Majimbos wanted to go to Zambia for a friendly match, proceed to Ghana for eight days before coming back home for a longer camp.

Khumalo said: "We have already submitted a programme to Safa, we are awaiting their response."

Asked if it was not too late for Majimbos to start with their final preparations, Khumalo said: "What can I do, my brother?

Raymond Hack, Safa chief executive, said it was not too late to prepare for the tournament.

South Africa will be making their second consecutive appearance in the finals after reaching the semifinals in 2005.

At the same time that year, Majimbos had played a series of competitive matches to sharpen themselves up for the tournament. They spent a solid 30 days preparing.

The team spent seven days at a camp in Durban where they also played against the KwaZulu-Natal under-20 provincial side.

Subsequent to that, Majimbos went to Namibia for a four-nation tournament where they spent 10 days.

It was followed by a seven-day camp in Harare where Majimbos played two friendlies against Zimbabwe, who had also qualified for the tournament.

On their return home, the side that was coached by Serame Letsoaka went to Kitwe for a friendly against Zambia to end their preparations.

The current team has had only two training camps since the beginning of the year but several key players did not attend.

Ajax Cape Town refused to release Thulani Serero and Dylon Claasen. Thulani Ngcepe of Moroka Swallows joined the camp later.


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