amabinnes in action

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

After clinching the Cosafa Cup in August, Amabinneplaas are back in action next week to prepare for their African Nations Championships qualifier against Zimbabwe.

"We are hosting Zimbabwe in the first leg match at Olen Park in Potchefstroom on November 30," said team project leader Barney Kujane.

Kujane was in Harare with coach Serame Letsoaka at the weekend for a series of meetings with the Zimbabwe Football Association to prepare for the game.

On Thursday, the duo were taken to Rufaro Stadium in Bulawayo where the return match on December 14 will be played.

"It's a great facility with an artificial pitch, we were also shown the training facilities and there is nothing to complain about," said Kujane.

"The good thing is that the majority of our players have been exposed to international soccer, especially here on the continent."

Players in the team include Thapelo Tshilo (Jomo Cosmos), Jacob Mokhasi (African Warriors), David Radebe (Moroka Swallows), Mashiane Phadu (Winners Park), Mthokozisi Mabaso (AmaTuks) and Kurt Lentjies (Mamelodi Sundowns).

Mokhasi will once more captain the team.

The African Nations Championships is a new tournament introduced by the Confederation of African Football at the beginning of this year. Its objective is to create a platform for youngsters playing in the various leagues on the continent to get a feel for international soccer.

South Africa qualified for the second round of this tournament after the withdrawal of Mauritius due to financial constraints.

Letsoaka said: "We are quite happy that the majority of players who won the Cosafa Cup are now regulars at their respective clubs. The plan is to go all the way to the finals in Ivory Coast next year.

"The 2010 World Cup is coming to our country, all our teams are under pressure to perform."