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By unknown | Jan 07, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

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PSL chairman Irvin Khoza has urged clubs to support Amajita by releasing players selected for the African Youth Championships finals.

The eight-nation tournament will take place in Rwanda from January 18 to February 1 with the semifinalists qualifying for the World Youth Championships in Egypt.

Khoza, who is also the Safa deputy president, said the PSL is prepared to intervene so that the strongest possible team will represent South Africa.

"If there is a problem, the league is prepared to listen to the challenges faced by the clubs and see how best we can assist them in this regard.

"Amajita have already qualified, which is highly commendable. We all have to come up with a solution that will benefit all the parties," Khoza said.

"It is important that our country should also compete and do well in all the junior continental competitions, it must not only be about hosting big events.

"The countries doing well in Rwanda will represent Africa during the World Youth Championships, which is also a great platform for our players.

"These are the future Bafana Bafana stars. It is strange that clubs assisted Amajita to reach the finals by releasing the players during the qualifiers."

The only time Amajita did well in this tournament was under coach Shakes Mashaba in 1997 when they lost 0-1 to Morocco in the final. Since then, no South African team has gone beyond the group stages of the competition.

"It is disappointing that the last time we qualified for the World Youth Championships was when we had players like Benni McCarthy, Daniel Matsau and Ace Gulwa," Khoza added.

Sepp Blatter, Fifa president, will also be in Rwanda.

"It is a Fifa sanctioned tournament, they are obliged to release the players, otherwise Safa will act," said Raymond Hack, Safa's chief executive.

Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town are refusing to release a total of six influential players.

They are Phumelelo Bhengu, Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Swallows), Masibuzane Zongo, Kamohelo Mokotjo (United) and Sameegh Doutie and Thulani Serero (Ajax).


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