Ngomane to do it with players from the lower division

By NAKAMPE LEKWADU

THE South African Development Team coach, Simon Ngomane has taken comfort in the players from the lower division for the forthcoming African Nations Cup in Sudan.

Ngomane admitted today that he had hopes to get some players from clubs campaigning in the Absa Premiership, but had to settle for Plan B after he was snubbed by the clubs.

“It is understandable that this is a very difficult time for clubs to release players as some are in the race to win the league title while others are at their crucial time to avoid relegation. Although I would have love to have some of these experienced players in this team, I have to settle for what I got in the lower division as that will help in capturing a data base of the pool of youngsters in this country, more so because the tournament is not FIFA sactioned,” said Ngomane in consoling himself.

Ngomane who is assisted by Humphrey Mlwane and Innocent Mayoyo said he has selected a pool of 40 players mostly from the Safa’s Vodacom League clubs, the number he is expected to bring it down to 23 before the trip to Sudan for this competition which is purely based only on locally based players. The competition which will be played from February 4-25 in Sudan’ cities of Khartoum, Hilal, Merreikh and Port Sudan is marking its second year, and this is South Africa’s first participation in the finals after failing to qualifier in the previous edition.

The team has been in camp in Mpumalanga’s capital city, Nelspruit since January 11 and they will depart for Sudan on January 29.

“Things have been going very well here in camp, I have actually seen what these boys can do and I have no doubt they can compete. As a country we should not worry about who is here and who is not. This is actually an opportunity for them to show what they are capable of, and who knows they might just be able be noticed by big teams. If you remember well, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Tsepo Masilela were part of the South African Eleven that played Bafana Bafana prior to the 2006 African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt, and today they are big name stars. So let’s give these players a chance,” said Ngomane.

Safa president, Kirsten Nematendani said he was optimistic the players will represent the country very well. 

“We need to be honest and say this team has done us proud up to this point. It was not an easy task to qualify for the CHAN tournament, but the coaching staff and the players worked tirelessly to make it to Sudan. We are proud of their achievements thus far and would like to reiterate our support as an Association. When they get on that flight to Sudan at the end of this month they will be representing South Africa; so it’s important that as a country we need to give them all the necessary support. We are behind them all the way and we remain optimistic that they will do very well,” said SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani.

The team is scheduled to play against the Sweden national team in a practice match. The clash takes place on Saturday, 22 January 2011 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Kickoff for the match is 3pm.

Selected Squad:

 

SURNAME & NAME

CLUB’S NAME

D.O.B

 

GOALKEEPERS:

 

 

1

MOKHASI Jacob

Supersport United

1982/09/29

2

NDLOVU Thokazane

Golden Arrows FC

1985/03/03

3

DE VILLIERS Richards

Wibank Spurs

1987/12/15

 

 MIDFIELDERS:

 

 

4

MKHWANAZI Nhlakanipho

Ireland FC

1989/02/27

5

KHUBEKA Sakhile

Gqikazi All Stars

1989/09/14

6

SHONGWE Jabulani

Mamelodi Sundowns

1990/02/28

7

MABENA Sphiwe

African Stars FC

1982/07/30

8

MLALANDLE Aphiwe

Sivutsa FC

1993/01/15

9

NGCOBO Blessing

Central Brothers

1985/09/10

10

MABUNDA Tiyane

Black Leopards FC

1988/04/17

11

NKOSI Mlungisi

Barberton Stars FC

1988/03/03

12

MTHIMKHULU Minenhle

Alex United FC

1987/03/29

 

DEFENDERS:

 

 

13

MOGAKABE Thato

Sicilians FC

1988/01/13

14

NKOSI  Calvin

Alex United FC

1981/08/15

15

KUNENE Sandile

Real Classic FC

1987/09/14

16

KHOZA Humphrey

Witbank Spurs FC

1987/03/31

17

LUPING Sandile

Trabzon FC

1987/10/21

18

MASHEGO Katlego

Baroka FC

1986/11/26

19

MDAKI Xolani

PUK Tawana

1992/07/07

 

STRIKERS:

 

 

20

SHONGWE Myrion

Amazulu FC

1981/05/06

21

NGIDI  Mzikayifani

Maluti FC

1989/01/03

22

SHABANGU  Bheki

African All Stars FC

1985/09/21

23

ZIMBA Collins

Vardos FC

1983/12/20

24

MANQELE Edward

Trabzon FC

1987/04/29

25

NTOMBELA Wish

Citizen FC

1989/04/29

26

RANTO Asaf

Mpumalanga Aces

1986/07/09

 

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