Local heroes make debut in Limpopo

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

The people of Limpopo will have the first chance to watch the newly assembled South African national development team, "AmaBinneplaas" in action against Mauritius in Polokwane on Saturday, May 3.

The Safa development team, which was announced by head coach Serame Letsoaka yesterday, engages the Indian Ocean islanders in a qualifier of the inaugural African Nations Championship at Peter Mokaba stadium.

The match is likely to attract a horde of spectators from Limpopo, especially from around Polokwane, considering that it has been a long time since a national team has played at this venue.

The team is dominated by National First Division players and a few from the current Under-20 squad.

Letsoaka has drafted in a number of good youngsters in the team who are capable of beating Mauritius.

The players include Dynamos' forward Sibusiso "Big Foot" Nhlapo, Ikapa Sporting attacking midfielder Kurt Lentjies, Moroka Swallows defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele, FC Cape Town's striker Marchelino Fransch, Mpumalanga Black Aces left-back Gordon Gilbert and Kaizer Chiefs defender Tlou Molekwane.

The team will play two preparatory friendlies against Botswana in Gaborone on April 22 and 28.

The squad is:

Goalkeepers: Jacob Mokhasi (African Warriors), Siya Mngoma (Durban Stars)

Defenders: Msimanga, Molekwane, Thulani Hlatshwayo (Ajax Cape Town), Mphahlele, Warren Bishop (University of Pretoria), Gordon Gilbert, Sibusiso Mxoyana (Western Province United), Mashiane Phadu (Winners Park), Rooi Mohamotsi (Witbank Spurs)

Midfielders: Klaas Galane (Dynamos), Mohau Mokopanela (Warriors), Khayalethu Ngangqu (Bay United), Lentjies, Thulani Serero (Ajax Cape Town), Joseph Segalo (Bay United), Mthokozisi Mabaso (AmaTuks)

Strikers: Nhlapo, Reason Chiloane (GaRankuwa United), Sandile Gumede (Lions), Fransch.