Ceres, Margeman return home from national duty

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Aghmat Ceres and Grant Margeman, who were on duty for the South Africa national Under-20 team in Zambia over the past couple of weeks, have returned home.

The Ajax Cape Town duo played their part in ensuring that Amajita qualify for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup, set to be staged in South Korea in May/June of this year.

Margeman, who worked his way through the famous Ajax Cape Town youth programme, showcased his qualities at the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament – notably getting himself on the score-sheet in victory over Sudan.

The Urban Warriors midfielder played in all five of the games for Amajita in Zambia, with his contribution proving why he is such an important member of our first team.

Ceres finally got some minutes under the belt as the Amajita coach made some changes to the squad for the game against Guinea on Sunday, as the boys battled for the bronze medal.

Both Margeman and Ceres started the match against the West Africans, with South Africa going down 2-1 to finish 4th.

Grant played his heart out at the showpiece and this was rewarded as he was included in the CAF Under-20 team of the tournament. Margeman and Liam Jordan made the subs bench, with Luther Singh taking his place in the starting XI.

Team Amajita also scooped the fair play award at the tournament with Singh bagging the golden boot for his four goals and two assists.

Grant Margeman and Aghmat Ceres have done the Urban Warriors proud at the continental showpiece, next up for the boys is to keep fighting as they aim to retain their place in the team that will travel to South Korea in May for the world Cup.

First team action presents itself for Margeman, with the 18-year-old hopeful of making the PSL squad for the upcoming match against Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium this Friday. Ceres will also hope to bring his experience to the ABC Motsepe team as they take on Steenberg at Philippi stadium.

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