Please release players, Letsoaka pleads

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Serame "Rhee" Letsoaka, Amajita coach, has pleaded with coaches in the Premiership to contribute to the success of the team by releasing their players for camps.

This came after Letsoaka guided Amajita to their fourth African Youth Championship finals in Rwanda from January 18 to February 1 next year.

The South African Under-20 national side qualified after hammering neighbours Botswana 3-0 at Kimberley Stadium on Saturday night.

Scorers were Philane Khwela, Mandla Masango and Phumelele "Ace" Bengu, with no resistance from the Young Zebras who are guided by Oris Radipotsane.

The South Africans side advance to the finals of this biennial tournament 4-1 on aggregate after playing to a 1-all draw in Gaborone two weeks ago.

Letsoaka has now guided two South African junior national teams to two major continental competitions.

In 2005 (Gambia) and 2007 (Togo), the coach steered Majimbos to the African Under-17 Championship finals.

Letsoaka is also in line for a fourth continental glory with Amabinneplaas on the verge of qualifying for the 2009 African Nations Championship in Ivory Coast.

"We can only do well in Rwanda if we have the strongest possible team. It has been a nightmare during the qualifiers after several coaches refused to release the boys," he said.

"I will be asking the CEO of Safa [Raymond Hack] to speak to the Premiership clubs to be more cooperative about the release of players.

"We will be participating in the Cosafa Youth Cup in Kimberley in November, which is why we played against Botswana there."