The South African Football Association has confirmed that Bidvest Wits' Phakamani Mahlambi has been withdrawn from the U20 FIFA World Cup squad due to injury.
Amajita's World Cup campaign in South Korea will get under way this Sunday, and they are set to face Japan in their opening encounter.
As revealed recently by SAFA, Wits were one of the clubs who were reluctant to release their young first-team players for U20 national team duty. The Clever Boys are currently in the driving seat of the league title race and indications are that head coach Gavin Hunt wants to have all his men available for their last two ABSA Premiership encounters of the campaign.
The association has since confirmed that Mahlambi has been withdrawn from the World Cup squad due to a hamstring injury.
"Bidvest Wits forward Phakamani Mahlambi has been withdrawn from the Burger King-sponsored South African U20 Men's National Team, due to a hamstring injury he sustained while training with his club," SAFA confirmed on their official website.
Ajax Cape Town's Sirgio Kammies has replaced the 19-year-old in the Amajita camp.
"Judging from the evidence revealed by the ultrasound film that has been sent by Mahlambi's club and has been forwarded to the FIFA medical office, the player's injury is very significant and unfortunately can't be managed before any of our World Cup games. Surgery would be a better option to enhance recovery, however, he will still not be ready for this World Cup tournament and it is for this reason that he has been withdrawn," Dr Thulani Ngwenya, the SA U20 team doctor, told SAFA's official website.