United refuse to release duo to U-20s

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

David "Mazolman" Skosana, SuperSport United's publicist, says there is no way they will give Amajita, the national Under-20 squad, an additional two players for the African Youth Championship camp.

Amajita already have George Maluleka and Philani Khwela from the reigning Absa Premiership kings.

But Amajita coach Serame "Rhee" Letsoaka was also keen to have Masibusane Zongo and Kamohelo Mokotjo from Matsatsantsa.

But his request was met with a big "No!" from Skosana.

"Kamohelo and Zongo are going nowhere near that camp," fumed Skosana yesterday.

"They must just forget it. These guys have been talking bad about us, accusing us of refusing to release the players."

Letsoaka also confirmed that Moroka Swallows' Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Phumelele Bengu did not attend the camp.

Others were Ajax Cape Town's Sameehg Doutie and Thulani Serero.

The team leaves on Sunday and the tournament runs from January 18 to February 1.

The tournament is a qualifier event for the Fifa World Youth Championship.

Teams are still refusing to release the players despite a warning by Safa president Molefi Oliphant this week.

Oliphant would not comment yesterday about the latest regarding Amajita, as he referred us to Safa chief executive Raymond Hack, whom he had assigned to handle the issue.

Hack said was still busy trying to sort out the matter when Sowetan contacted him late yesterday.