Amajita Squad Named for West Africa Tour

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 11:00
  • SA U20 Football team in Burkina Faso
    SA U20 Football team in Burkina Faso

In preparation for the crucial African Youth Championship first leg qualifier against Cameroon on Saturday, 16 August 2014 in Yaoundé, the South African Men’s U20 squad will be going on a tour of West Africa to test their strength.

Amajita will travel to Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Cote D ’Ivoire for four international friendly matches. 

SAFA Media spoke to SA U20 captain Ayabulela Maqgwaka to get his thoughts on the tour.

Namhla Mpelo: How do you feel about travelling to West Africa for the first time?
Ayabulela Maqgwaka: It will be an experience of a lifetime for my teammates and me. We have heard a lot of good and bad things about West Africa and it will be wonderful to see first hand for ourselves. We love their music and fashion sense therefore I believe we will have a lot and fun.

Namhla Mpelo: Any possibility of you learning any French while in West Africa?
Ayabulela Maqgwaka: I am not very good with languages, although I would like to know a few phrases in French - they say French is the language of love, so it would be great to return knowing a few phrases.

We also want to test our ability against the continent’s best in youth football

Namhla Mpelo: What do you wish to gain from the tour?
Ayabulela Maqgwaka: The important thing is that we are preparing for a very crucial clash against Cameroon, so it is in our best interest to make it worth our while so that when we face Cameroon we are ready. We also want to test our ability against the continent’s best in youth football. The exercise will help us grow mentally and be stronger. People always say it is difficult to play away on our continent, this tour will give us insight as to what our senior teams go through. Hopefully we will return some good morale-boosting results ahead of our home and away qualifiers with Cameroon.

Namhla Mpelo: We wish you and the team all the best on the tour.
Ayabulela Maqgwaka: Thank you very much, we would like to honour Tata Nelson Mandela through this tour and carry the nation through the 67 minutes which will be held countrywide tomorrow, on Tata’s birthday. 

Amajita will return to South Africa on 4 August 2014 to continue with their preparations for the two-legged qualifiers against Cameroon.

They will face each other at the Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé.

Kickoff is at 15h00 local time in Cameroon (16h00 SA time).

The return leg will take place on Sunday, 31 August 2014 in Polokwane kickoff is 15h00, South African time.  

South Africa U20 Squad:

  1. Jethren Barr
  2. Dumisani Msibi
  3. Jody February 
  4. Madisha Motjeka 
  5. Bongani Mathabela
  6. Ayabulela Maqwaka
  7. Yagan Sasman
  8. Sibusiso Ntombela
  9. Aubrey Modiba
  10. Denwin Farmer
  11. Thabiso Gwabavu 
  12. Pule Maraisane
  13. Tlotlo Leepile
  14. Ndlondlo Ndabayithethwa 
  15. Sikhumbuzo Mazibuko
  16. Tshepo Liphoko
  17. Bandile Shandu 
  18. Ryan Christian
  19. Siphelele Luthuli 
  20. Dikgang Ngcobo 
  21. Thembinkosi Mbamba 
  22. Fagrie Lakay Santos   

SA U20 Tour of West Africa Itinerary

Dates Event
Wednesday, 23 July  vs BURKINA FASO
Thursday, 24 July   TRAVEL TO BAMAKO
Saturday, 26 July  vs MALI
Sunday, 27 July  TRAVEL TO SENEGAL
Wednesday, 30 July vs SENEGAL
Thursday, 31 July   TRAVEL TO IVORY COAST
Sunday, 3 August  vs IVORY COAST
Monday, 4 August  RETURN TO SA
Saturday, 16 August  vs CAMEROON (Yaounde)
29-31 August  vs CAMEROON (home)


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