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Young Warriors upbeat ahead of SA tie


Young Warriors manager Tawinei Nhachi is unhappy with the time given for the Under-23 squad to prepare for the friendly international soccer match against South Africa at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.

However, Nhachi said he was confident his boys would upset the South Africans.

The youth teams play two matches, one today and the other on Sunday.

“I have got all the boys in camp. We have not had time to look much into the squad as a team.

However, we have done our own assessment and I think we will be able to put up a fight against the South Africans,” Nhachi said.

The squad, which is coached by Buscod Southern Region Division One side Chicken Inn mentor Philani “Beefy” Ncube, yesterday trained at White City Stadium in the afternoon.

Darlington Dodo, champions Gunners’ coach, is assistant to Ncube.

“We know our opponents have been preparing for quite some time. We are taking this game very seriously. Supporters should come in droves and rally behind the boys,” Nhachi said.

Amaglug-glug, as the Under-23 South Africa team is popularly known down south, have been in camp across the Limpopo for a long time as they prepare for the All-Africa Games and the 2012 London Olympics.

The South African squad is under the tutelage of experienced coach Shakes Mashaba.

South Africa squad
Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (BidVest Wits); Thela Thela; Dalyen Hwes (Kaizer Chiefs)
Defenders: Sibusiso Mxoyana (Orlando Pirates); Michael Morton (BidVest Wits); Thulani Hlatshwayo (Ajax Cape Town); Ramahlwe Mphahlele; Phumelele Bhengu (both Moroka Swallows); Gladwin Shitolo (Jomo Cosmos); Luvolwethu Mpeta (University of North West)
Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo (Feyenoord Rotterdam); Sameegh Doutie; Thulani Serero (Ajax Cape Town); Mxolisi Gumede (Free State Stars); Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs); Bongani Theletsane (Jomo Cosmos); Sibusiso Khumalo (Mamelodi Sundowns); Sici Shelembe (Witbank Spurs)
Strikers: George Maluleke (Ajax); Dino Ndlovu; Bongani Ndulula (Bloemfintein Celtic); Thabo Moleko (all SuperSport)

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