FC Twente have confirmed that they will not be releasing Nhlakanipho Ntuli for international duty when Amajita take on Cameroon for a place in the African U20 Youth Championships.
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The 18-year-old recently signed a five-year contract with the Dutch outfit, a culmination of a long-term co-development project between Twente and Orlando Pirates, and has already impressed the club’s youth coaches.
Amajita face Cameroon in the first leg of their final qualifying round game for a spot in the 2015 AYC on the 16th of August before welcoming the Indomitable Lions to Mzansi for the return leg later this month.
Nanana’s youth coach, Jan Zoutman, has explained to the Siya crew that the club’s policy is that, unless games are on a FIFA date, they would rather their players didn’t travel overseas to represent their countries.
“Nanana has been doing really well with us and he’s settling in very nicely. It’s not my decision whether he plays for the national youth team or not, it’s made by people higher up than me, but it is generally the club’s policy that we’d prefer our players to stay with us unless it’s an official FIFA date, especially early in their careers.
“Ntuli is in the 18-man squad for this weekend’s first league game against VVV, and he’s already shown us that he’s got good energy, good skills and great potential.”
The talented youngster is currently part of the Jong Twente set up, and has already bagged his first goal for the club after scoring in the 2-0 friendly win over PEC Zwolle last month.