Amajita (SA-under 20) coach Shakes Mashaba announced a 22-man squad for their tour of West AfricaThey will play four friendly matches against Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Ivory Coast in the next three weeks. These matches form part of their preparations for the 2015 African Youth Championship first-leg qualifier against Cameroon in Yaounde on August 16, while the return-leg will be played at home on the weekend of August 29-31.
Mashaba has kept the nucleus of the team that beat Ethiopia in the second round, but he will be without five key players from the 22-man squad that he has just revealed, after their clubs refused to release them due to this tour not being a Fifa sanctioned one.
The players in question are Tebogo Moerane, Nhlakanipho Ntuli, Tshepo Chaine, Khumbulani Mkhize and Linda Bhengu.
Jethren Barr (GK, Dumisani Msibi (GK), Jody February (GK), Madisha Motjeka, Bongani Mathabela, Augabela Maqwaka (capt), Yagan Sasman, Sibusiso Ntombela, Aubrey Modiba, Denwin Farmer, Thabiso Gwabavu, Pule Maraisane, Tlotlo Leepile, Ndlondlo Ndabayithethwa, Sikhumbuzo Mazibuko, Tshepo Liphoko, Sandile Shandu, Ryan Christian, Siphelele Luthuli, Dikgang Ngcobo, Thembinkosi Mbamba, Fagrie Lakay