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Mkhalele and U20s Ready For COSAFA

Helman Mkhalele has named his Amajita squad for next month’s COSAFA U20 Championship.

The tournament will take place between the 3rd and 13th of December in Port Elizabeth.

Amajita are drawn in group A with Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Mozambique.

They will open up against Zimbabwe on the 3rd, face Lesotho on the 6th, before finishing off against Mozambique on the 8th.

“I am very happy with the squad that we have assembled for this year’s COSAFA tournament,” Mkhalele told the SAFA website.

“None of this would have been possible if it was not for the tremendous support we had received for various clubs in releasing their players for this camp. For that we are truly grateful as it enabled us with enough time to prepare and work with the players leading up to this crucial event.

“There are two things that we want to get out from this tournament, and that is: we want to qualify for next year’s U-20 AFCON tournament by reaching this year’s COSAFA final and also win the COSAFA Championship.”

“Most of our neighbouring countries come highly motivated to push for a win when they play against us at any level of football competitions.”

“They just want to see themselves coming out with a win against us and we are very much aware of that. This tournament is not going to be any different.”

“We are expecting a very difficult battle from our Group A opponents. However, we are also motivated to do well in this tournament. We have ticked all the boxes in our preparations and we are now looking forward for the battle that lies ahead.”

The full squad is:


  1. Olwethu MZIMELA AmaZulu FC
  2. Bontle MOLEFE Kaizer Chiefs

  3. Nkosikhona RADEBE KZN Academy
  4. Nelson RALENKOANE Orlando Pirates
  5. Athenkosi MCABA Unattached
  6. Mohlala MAKOLA Mamelodi Sundowns
  7. Bilal BALOYI SuperSport United
  8. Boikanyo SEGOTLONG Orlando Pirates

  9. Rivaldo PRESENT Ubuntu FC
  10. Tshepo MYENI Kaizer Chiefs
  11. Ethan BROOKS TS Galaxy
  12. Rowan HUMAN Maccabi Tel Aviv
  13. Jayden ADAMS Stellenbosch FC
  14. Oswin APPOLLIS SuperSport United
  15. Rahim MILAZI Kaizer Chiefs
  16. Leonardo ROI Highlands Park

  17. Sinenjongo MKIVA SuperSport United
  18. Keenan BEZUIDENHOUT SuperSport United
  19. Lindokuhle ZUNGU AmaZulu
  20. Keletso SIFAMA Kaizer Chiefs
Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.