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Under-20 soccer side gears up for Malawi match
- Updated: April 17, 2014
The national men’s Under-20 soccer team has gone into camp in preparation for a practice match against Malawi at Pimville, Soweto on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana assistant coach Serame Letsoaka, who has called up 18 players for the encounter, will lead the squad in place of coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba who is in Namibia with the national U17 side.
Mashaba accompanied Amajimbos to Namibia where they are taking part in the Four Nations tournament involving hosts Namibia, Ghana and a select team from Germany.
Letsoaka has had to call up an almost completely different team to the U20 squad that recently won the COSAFA Tournament in Lesotho with Mashaba as most of those players are taking part in the annual Bayhill Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup currently underway in Cape Town.
The U-20 squad have their first training session at the match venue on Thursday at 10.30am and 4pm.
ÔÇØThis is an important period for all our national teams as we have a very busy schedule, all in line with our vision of getting them to be as active as possible and not wait until the qualifiers of their respective levels,ÔÇØ said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan.
ÔÇ£This past weekend we had Banyana Banyana playing against Zimbabwe and they will soon be going into camp to face Scotland away. We currently have the U17 Men’s team in Namibia playing in a Four Nations Tournament.
ÔÇ£Next weekend, we have the start of the SAFA U19 Youth Championship in Bloemfontein. All our national teams are busy. We might not see immediate results but this is a solid foundation for all of our national teams to participate competitively on the international stage.ÔÇØ
As the encounter against Malawi is a practice match, no caps will be awarded.