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SA U23 prepare for Zimbabwe return leg

By FOCUS REPORTER  

THE South African National Under 23 team is confident of qualifying for the 10th All Africa Games tournament when they tackle Zimbabwe in the second leg of the AAG qualifiers. The match will be played at National Olympic Stadium in Harare this coming Sunday. Kickoff is at 3pm. 

Head coach, Shakes Mashaba is continuing preparations at the University of Johannesburg’s AW Muller Stadium in Auckland Park. South Africa defeated Zimbabwe two-nil in the first leg of the All Africa Games qualifier played at the Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton just over a week ago.

Mashaba says preparations are going well despite the unfavourable weather conditions in Johannesburg. He adds that his boys are focussed though on the mission at hand.

A draw will be enough for South Africa to book their place at the 10th All Africa Games to be staged in Maputo, Mozambique from 3 – 18 September 2011.

“We are expecting a tough come back from the Zimbabweans with a couple of changes made to the squad. Their coach has declared war on us after our first leg clash, saying they are going to overturn the result. We saw they can be a hard nut to crack and this being an away qualifier my players will be under pressure to defend the two-nil lead, so they have to triple their efforts to ensure qualification. As I have said so many times, we want to be in Maputo in September and represent our country. With the players we have I am confident we will return home victorious as the AAG is good preparations for our Olympic qualifiers in December. What we need in Zimbabwe is to get an early goal to unsettle the nerves then we can play our normal game, if we don’t get it our defence has to be watertight and not give them a sniff at goal,” said Mashaba.

Mashaba has called up 19 players for the trip to neighbouring Zimbabwe, including two players who were in the University Sport South Africa (USSA) squad that competed in the SAB Under 21 National Championships held in Eldorado Park last weekend. The two are Thabang Motau, who was voted player of the tournament at championships and also finished top goal scorer at the event, as well as Mlungisi Mbunjana. Both play for the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

The South Africans will also be boosted by the return of solid defenders Eric Mathoho of Bloemfontein Celtic as well as Thulani Hlatshwayo, who both missed the first leg due to injuries.

The squad departs for Zimbabwe on Thursday, 7 July 2011 in the evening. They return to South Africa on Monday, 11 July 2011 in the morning.

SA U23 squad to face Zimbabwe

NO.

PLAYER’S NAME

CLUB

GOALKEEPERS:

1.

PULE  Boalefa  (GK)

Platinum Stars F.C. (SA)

2.

KHUZWAYO Brilliant (GK)

Amazulu  F.C. (SA)

 

DEFENDERS:

 

3.

ZULU Siyabonga

Orlando Pirates F.C. (SA)

4.

MXOYANA Sibusiso

Orlando Pirates F.C (SA)

5.

MATHOHO Erick

Bloemfontein Celtic F.C (SA)

6.

HLATSHWAYO  Thulani

Ajax Cape Town (SA)

7.

MAMPURU Doctor  (capt)

Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. (SA)

8.

LETLABIKA Wandisile

Orlando Pirates F.C (SA)

 

MIDFIELDERS:

9.

JAYIYA Bongolethu

Bidvest Wits F.C. (SA)

10.

MOTAU  Thabang

University of JHB F.C. (SA)

11.

MBUNJANA Mlungusi

University of JHB F.C. (SA)

12.

FLANDORP  Christopher

Bidvest Wits FC (SA)

13.

VILAKAZI  Sibusiso

Bidvest Wits F.C. (SA)

14.

SANGWENI Thamsanqa

Amazulu F.C (SA)

15.

ZWANE Themba

Mamelodi Sundowns F.C (SA)

STRIKERS

16.

NDULULA  Bongani

Orlando Pirates F.C (SA)

17.

BHENGU Phumelele

Moroka Swallows FC (SA)

18.

NDLOVU Dino

Bloemfontein Celtics (SA)

19.

EUGENE Riaan

Santos F.C (SA)

 

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