AFCON AFCON UNDER-17 : SOUTH AFRICA COACH NAMES FINAL 21-MEMBER SQUAD

South Africa Under-17 national football team coach Vela Khumalo has released a 21-member squad for the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

The AFCON finals will take place in Morocco from March 15 2021.

South Africa’s Amajimbos are in group C alongside Cameroon, Senegal and Mali.

South Africa will play their group matches in Casablanca.

South Africa Football Association statement says the team will leave for Morocco on Thursday, 4 March 2021 to continue with their preparations.

Amajimbos face Mali on 15 March 2021 in the AFCON opener then champions Cameroon March 18 before wrapping up the group qualifiers against Senegal March 21.

Khumalo has since said all is set for the championship.

We are looking forward to a tough but exciting tournament. We are ready to put up a great show and advertise the South African style of play. In the past South Africa has done very well in the U-17 tournament and we intend to continue doing so,” Khumalo is quoted saying in the statement.

It is unfortunate that there will be no U-17 FIFA World Cup this year as qualification for that tournament was our ultimate goal. However, we will go to Morocco and bring back with us the much needed international experience for these players as they are the stars of tomorrow.”

SA U-17 Squad:

GOALKEEPERS:

  1. Callum THOMPSON KZN Academy (KwaZulu Natal)
  2. Deejan AH SHENE Ubuntu FC (Western Cape)
  3. Tyrique SIMONS SuperSport United (Gauteng)
    DEFENDERS
  4. Akhanyile NORAWANA School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  5. Siyabonga GUMEDE School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  6. Puso DITHEJANE School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  7. Abram MASHELE Supersport United (Gauteng)
    MIDFIELDERS:
  8. Kabelo KGOSITLILE Baroka (Limpopo)
  9. Yamkela PHALANE AmaZulu (KwaZulu Natal)
  10. Luciano JONAS Unattached (formerly with Bidvest Wits)
  11. Siphesihle TATI Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)
  12. Mduduzi SHABALALA Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)
  13. Ntandoyenkosi NKOSI Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)
  14. Luphumlo SIFUMBA Cape Town City (Western Cape)
  15. Siyabong KHOZA Panarama FC (Gauteng)
  16. Unathi RADEBE Cape Town Spurs (Western Cape)
    FORWARDS:
  17. Keaviano FRANCIS School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  18. Sanele SKOSANA AP Apprentice Academy (Gauteng)
  19. Mikhenso MBIGA TS Galaxy (Mpumalanga)
  20. Thabang MAHLANGU SuperSport United (Gauteng)
  21. Njabulo HLONGWANE Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)

The AFCON finals will take place in Morocco from March 15 2021.

South Africa’s Amajimbos are in group C alongside Cameroon, Senegal and Mali.

South Africa will play their group matches in Casablanca.

South Africa Football Association statement says the team will leave for Morocco on Thursday, 4 March 2021 to continue with their preparations.

Amajimbos face Mali on 15 March 2021 in the AFCON opener then champions Cameroon March 18 before wrapping up the group qualifiers against Senegal March 21.

Khumalo has since said all is set for the championship.

We are looking forward to a tough but exciting tournament. We are ready to put up a great show and advertise the South African style of play. In the past South Africa has done very well in the U-17 tournament and we intend to continue doing so,” Khumalo is quoted saying in the statement.

It is unfortunate that there will be no U-17 FIFA World Cup this year as qualification for that tournament was our ultimate goal. However, we will go to Morocco and bring back with us the much needed international experience for these players as they are the stars of tomorrow,” added Khumalo.

SA U-17 Squad:

GOALKEEPERS:

  1. Callum THOMPSON KZN Academy (KwaZulu Natal)
  2. Deejan AH SHENE Ubuntu FC (Western Cape)
  3. Tyrique SIMONS SuperSport United (Gauteng)
    DEFENDERS
  4. Akhanyile NORAWANA School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  5. Siyabonga GUMEDE School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  6. Puso DITHEJANE School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  7. Abram MASHELE Supersport United (Gauteng)
    MIDFIELDERS:
  8. Kabelo KGOSITLILE Baroka (Limpopo)
  9. Yamkela PHALANE AmaZulu (KwaZulu Natal)
  10. Luciano JONAS Unattached (formerly with Bidvest Wits)
  11. Siphesihle TATI Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)
  12. Mduduzi SHABALALA Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)
  13. Ntandoyenkosi NKOSI Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)
  14. Luphumlo SIFUMBA Cape Town City (Western Cape)
  15. Siyabong KHOZA Panarama FC (Gauteng)
  16. Unathi RADEBE Cape Town Spurs (Western Cape)
    FORWARDS:
  17. Keaviano FRANCIS School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  18. Sanele SKOSANA AP Apprentice Academy (Gauteng)
  19. Mikhenso MBIGA TS Galaxy (Mpumalanga)
  20. Thabang MAHLANGU SuperSport United (Gauteng)
  21. Njabulo HLONGWANE Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)


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