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Mashaba picks SA Under 23 squad

[Posted 10 Jun 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Ajax Amsterdam"s Thulani Serero is part of the SA Under 23 squad

South Africa's Under 23, the Amagluglug coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba, has picked up his squad for the upcoming crunchy 2012 London Olympic qualifying return leg against Benin on 19 June.

The Amagluglug are under pressure to overturn a 3-1 deficit frm the first leg of the Secound round, after slumping to morale-sapping loss against Beni at the Rene Pleven d'Akpakpa Stadium in Cotonou on 4 June.

Orlando Pirates players dominate Mashaba's squad, and the same team is expected to do duty against Zimbabwe in the All-Africa games to be played also in the month of June.

Could the fact that the SA Under 23 team is chasing qualification on two fronts distract the team? Infact it is expected to work in favour of the team, given game time and practice.

If the South Africans have a tall order against Benin on the 19th June, they face an even bigger mountain when they face the Zimbabweans in the All-Africa games.

South Africa's northern neighbours boast a polished outfit with sharp-shooting players and ball winners like Khama Billiat and Tafadzwa Rusike, Archieford Gutu, Denver Mukamba and the deadly striker, 19-year old Simba Sithole, who is being courted by Mamelodi Sundowns.

Zimbabwe has the luxury of calling upon the services of Golden Boot winner in South Africa and Kaizer Chiefs' 20-year old Knowledge Musona and 22-year-old France-based Ovidy Karuru. The two have club commitments and are unlikely to feature for Zimbabwe.

Chiefs have come up with a reason which still sounds very absurd to Zimbabweans, that Musona must report to Naturena for some medical check-ups.

The Zimbabweans may not be prepared to put up a fight to get the services of Musona, who is supposed to be on holiday, but there is suspicion that Chiefs are trying to sabotage Zimbabwe's campaign in the All-Africa games.

However, it can be rermembered that Musona almost missed the Cup of Nations qualifiers against Mali last weekend. Chiefs may surely have a point in ensuring that their prized asset remains fit for the new season.

Besides, Chiefs are not obliged by FIFA rules to release a player for a game which falls outside the FIFA calendar.

Here is the South African Under 23 squad.

Goalkeepers: Daren Keet (Bidvest Wits), Brilliant Khuzwayo (AmaZulu), Boalefa Pule (Platinum Stars) 
Defenders: Siyabonga Zulu, Sibusiso Mxoyana (both Orlando Pirates), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Moroka Swallows), Doctor Mampuru (ALS Puk Tawana), Eric Mathoho (Bloemfontein Celtic), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Ajax Cape Town), Gladwin Shitolo (Jomo Cosmos) 
Midfielders: Andile Jali (Orlando Pirates), Bhongolethu Jayiya (Bidvest Wits), Thandani Ntshumayelo (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Feyenoord, Holland), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs), Sameehg Doutie (Ajax Cape Town), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Christopher Flandorp (Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Sangweni (Amazulu). 
Strikers: Bongani Ndulula (Orlando Pirates), Kermit Erasmus (SuperSport United), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland), Phumelele Bhengu (Bay United).  



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