Khumalo names U17 COSAFA squad

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South Africa’s national U17 coach Vela Khumalo has named his final U17 squad for the COSAFA Cup that kicks off in Port Elizabeth on the 19th of November 2020. 

Amajimbos start their campaign against eSwatini and the hosts will be looking for a good start. The interesting part about this tournament is that it doubles up as a 2021 U17 AFCON qualifier with the two finalists qualifying for the continental showpiece in Morocco.

South Africa is in Group A with Angola, eSwatini and  Zimbabwe. 

Speaking to SAFA’s official website the coach explained the challenges with selection, but he is optimistic about the possibilities moving forward.

As you know we just recently opened amateur football and the level one regulations are still there and a lot of arrangements had to be made. When you analyze the players, you can tell that it has been a long layoff. We want to start well so we can finish in a good position,” said Khumalo.

Full squad below:

GOALKEEPERS 

Enrique Erasmus (Starts of Africa) 

DEFENDERS 

Lyema Dipolo (SuperSport United) 

Siyabonga Gumede (School of Excellence) 

Puso Dithejane (School of Excellence) 

Sishi Simthandile (Stars of Africa) 

Akhanyile Norawana (School of Excellence) 

MIDFIELDERS 

Lindokuhle Mbutho (Highlands Park) 

Unathi Radebe (Ajax Cape Town) 

Luciano Jonas (Unattached (Former Wits) 

Siphesihle Tati (Kaizer Chiefs FC) 

Mduduzi Shabalala (Kaizer Chiefs FC) 

Yamkela Phalane (Amazulu FC) 

Ntandoyenkosi Nkosi (Kaizer Chiefs FC) 

Innocent Mailula (Unattached) 

STRIKERS 

Sanele Sikhosana (AP Apprentice Academy) 

Innocent Ntlhane (School of Excellence) 

Mikhenso Mbiga (TS Galaxy) 

Keavanio Francis (School of Excellence) 

Thabang Mahlangu (Supersport United FC) 

Neo Dikgale (Tuks FC) 

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