Siyabonga Ligendza will miss the upcoming U23 camp due to injury.
For the first time in his career, the 17-year-old was called up to the South African national team to be part of the preliminary squad for the 2020 Olympics, but he will have to wait a little bit longer to represent his country.
Ligendza arrived in the country two weeks ago to sort out his documents ahead of the final assessment camp which was scheduled for the United Arab Emirates before being called off earlier this week.
He injured his left ankle while trying to keep fit at his home in Pretoria. The striker has since undergone successful surgery and started the rehabilitation process.
It is expected that the Cardiff City youngster will be out of action for at least two months before returning to action ahead of the 2021/22 season. Ligendza has been with the Welsh club since the age of eight and the club recently offered him his first professional contract.
After the cancelation of the UAE camp, Safa have organized two friendlies with Egypt.
Coach David Notoane is expected to name his final squad before jetting off to Japan to conclude his final preparations for the global showpiece.
South Africa are in group A alongside hosts Japan, France and Mexico.
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