Da Gama names U23 squad for Tunisia friendlies


The South African U23 National Team which recently qualified for the 8 Nations tournament in Senegal have secured two international friendly matches against Tunisia to be played on 4 and 7 September.

siphelele-ntshangase-bafana-bafana_ynimnwiouq6a1hmjj0jyb5nmnThe team is expected to leave for North Africa on 2 September and will be back in the country on 8 September 2015.
The Owen da Gama-coached side will go into camp on Sunday, 30 August 2015 and will train at the School of Excellence in Elandsfontein ahead of their departure for Tunisia.
“It is imperative to keep the team in shape ahead of the 8 Nations tournament which will take place in November this year. The Tunisia matches are very ideal because they have also qualified for the finals,” said coach Owen da Gama after naming a strong 23-member team.
The 8 Nations tournament will run from 12 November to 12 December in Senegal with three top teams qualifying straight to the Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
The draw for the tournament will take place on 14 September 2015 in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

The full squad: 

GOALKEEPERS: Mbulelo NGQOBE (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Ricardo GOSS (Golden Arrows FC), Jody FEBRUARY (Ajax Cape Town FC)

DEFENDERS: Tshepo RHIKOTSO (BloemCeltic), Kwanda MNGONYAMA (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thabo MAKHELE (Witbank Spurs), Ntuthuko RADEBE (K.A.S Eupen-Belgium), Tebogo MOERANE (Bidvest Wits), Zitha MACHEKE (Chippa United), Denwin FARMER (Supersport United), Siyabonga DUBE (Golden Arrows)

MIDFIELDERS: Abbubaker MOBARA (Ajax Cape Town), Khayelihle SHOZI (Mamelodi Sundowns), Gift MOTUPA (Orlando Pirates), Morne NEL (Supersport United), Keagan DOLLY (Mamelodi Sundowns), Riyaad NORODIEN Ajax Cape Town FC (SA), Deolin MEKOA (Maritzburg United), Lebogang PHIRI (Brondby IF FC-Denmark)

STRIKERS: Menzi MASUKU (Orlando Pirates), Siphelele NTSHANGASE (Black Leopards), Dumsani ZUMA (Bloem Celtic), Lebo MOTHIBA (FC Lille OSC-France)