The South African Football Association (SAFA) have announced that five players – one from Ajax Cape Town – will be unavailable for the first U20 South Africa training camp due to club commitments.
Missing out on the camp in the Netherlands is Urban Warriors midfielder Grant Margeman, the Supersport United duo of Teboho Mokoena and Fagrie Lakay, as well as Phakamani Mahlambi and Reeve Frosler of Bidvest Wits.
Margeman has been replaced by Zama Rambuwane of Hapoel Ra’anana A.F.C. in Israel, while Sydney Mtshweni of SuperSport United takes the place of Mokoena and Keletso Makgalwa of Mamelodi Sundowns comes in for Lakay.
Katlego Ntshabeleng of the University of Johannesburg and Ajax Cape Town’s Sirgio Kammies have been called up in place of Mahlambi and Frosler respectively.
Kammies’ inclusion means that Ajax Cape Town will still have five representatives at the first camp.
“This is a minor crisis and something we have become accustomed to, but there is not much we can do about it,” Amajita head coach Thabo Senong told SAFA’s official website.
“We have a pool of players that we are monitoring and therefore we are able to make changes going into the camp. Unfortunately, we are dealing with a difficult age group as these players break into their first teams around the same time we need them at the national set up.
“But I am happy for players like Reeve Frosler and Grant Margeman because they are getting the much needed game time at the highest level locally and this will help us going forward. I still believe such a training camp would also have helped in their development as players especially at international level.”
Amajita will report for national team duty on Wednesday, 19 April before departing for the Netherlands on Tuesday, 25 April where they will hold camp.
South Africa is drawn in Group D of the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup alongside Italy, Uruguay and Japan.The tournament will be held from 20 May – 11 June 2017 in South Korea.
Margeman has established himself as a first-team regular for the Urban Warriors and played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw away to Golden Arrows this past weekend.
28-man squad (Ajax Cape Town players in bold):
Sanele Tshabalala (Bidvest Wits), Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Mondli Mpoto (SuperSport United), Khulekani Kubheka (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Malebogo Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thendo Mukumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Notha Ngcobo (Mamelodi Sundowns), Tercious Malepe (Orlando Pirates), Shane Saralina (Ajax Cape Town), Sandile Mthetwa (Orlando Pirates), Aghmat Ceres (Ajax Cape Town), Siyabonga Ngezana (Kaizer Chiefs), Sirgio Kammies (Ajax Cape Town)
Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United), Wiseman Meyiwa (Kaizer Chiefs), Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Sibongakonke Mbatha (Bidvest Wits), Kobamelo Kodisang (Platinum Stars), Zama Rambuwane (Hapoel Ra’anana), Kabelo Seriba (FC Metta, Latvia), Masilakhe Pholongo (Ajax Cape Town), Luther Singh (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Sidney Mtshweni (SuperSport United)
Itumeleng Shopang (Kaizer Chiefs), Liam Jordan (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Thabo Cele (Benfica, Portugal), Katlego Ntshabeleng (University of Johannesburg), Keletso Makgalwa (Mamelodi Sundowns)