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Amajita training camp
- Updated: November 5, 2011
The national men’s Under-20 soccer side assemble for a 10-day training camp in Potchefstroom from 4-13 November. This is in preparation for Amajita’s participation in the annual COSAFA Youth Championships scheduled to take place in Botswana from 1-10 December.
The training camp will be held at the University’s High Performance Centre in the North West.
The Amajita squad will be guided by Solly Luvhengo as they as they prepare for annual spectacle. Luvhengo has called up 40 players into camp which he will use to select the squad that will represent South Africa at the COSAFA tournament. The first three days of camp will be used as trials because only 22 players are needed for the event, and the final cut will be made on 6 November. The coach says he has worked with the bulk of the players in camp, some in the Under-17 national team, while others were part of the Under 12 national team that went to the World Cup in France in 2003.
ÔÇ£The Under-20 squad is going into one of the biggest development tournaments in Southern Africa. This is where the team can prove its worth seeing that we have been grouped with two-time reigning championships, Zambia. My only concern at the moment is that some players may not be available as they will be writing exams, but that is also good in a way, in that education comes first and I am happy these boys are aware of that. So we will make the most with what we get,ÔÇØ said Luvhengo.
Other than Zambia, South Africa has been drawn in Group C along with Mauritius and Tanzania. The other competing nations at the tournament are hosts Botswana, Angola, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.
ÔÇ£We don’t want to undermine any of the opponents we have been grouped with, but I believe we will progress beyond the group stages and fight towards the finals of the tournament. We hope to finalise a friendly match ahead of the tournament so as to get the feel of what to expect in Botswana,ÔÇØ added Luvhengo.
The coach has also thanked the National First Division clubs for their cooperation in releasing the players for the tournament.
The team will re-assemble for camp on 20 November at the High Performance Centre in Potchefstroom. They then depart for Botswana on 30 November.