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Amajimbos warm up in sizzling Niger ahead of Youth Champs
- Updated: February 9, 2015
The national Under-17 men’s football team have arrived safely in Niamey, Niger after an arduous journey which took them through the Ethiopian capital of Addis Abba.
The Amajimbos are in Niger for the upcoming 2015 African Youth Championships which will be played from 15 February to 1 March.
On arrival in Niamey, Amajimbos were greeted by some extremely hot weather conditions in this predominantly arid country which is currently in the middle of its hottest month of the year.
‘We knew that it would be blazing hot here that is why we decided to travel almost a week ahead of the tournament to acclimatise,’ said Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki.
‘During the qualifiers, we did experience this type of hot weather. We did play in some really scorching countries like Tanzania and Egypt but this heat here takes some beating,’ added Ntseki.
The South Africans will play in Group B of the 2015 CAF African Youth Championships against Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Cameroon in their attempt to secure one of four spots allocated to Africa for the FIFA U17 World Cup which will be staged in Chile between 17 October-8 November 2015.
Group A consist of hosts Niger, Guinea, Nigeria and Zambia.
The Under-17 squad:
Goalkeepers: Mondli Mpoto, Sanele Tshabalal, Sizwe Skei
Defenders: Simon Nqoi, Notha Ngcobo, Reeve Frosler, Riyaaaz Ismali, Keanu Cupido, Ehndo Mukumela, Katlego Mohamme, Athenkosi Dlala
Midfielders: Wiseman Meyiwa, Nelson Maluleke, Sibongakonke Mbatha, Liam Jordan, Malebogo Modise, Thabiso Monyana, Vuyo Mantjie
Strikers: Luvyo Mkhatshana, Kanyisa Mayo, Edwin Sekhwama