Castle Lager Football Academy is pleased with the progress of their players, following the inclusion of some of their graduates to the South African U23 side.
Kaizer Chiefs’ Simphiwe Mtsweni, Sifiso Nkosi and Bafana Dlamini were invited to the SA U23 side, under Owen da Gama.
“Two players from the Castle Lager football Academy class of 2015 and one from the inaugural campaign, are part of the men’s U/23 National Team squad that returned from in Palestine on Monday afternoon, 16 March, en route to Khartoum to take on Sudan in their first Olympic qualifier match.
“The three Castle Academy graduates are, Sifiso Nkosi and Bafana Dlamini from the academy camp which recently came to an end in February, together with Simphiwe Mtsweni from the first season of the campaign.
“The trio was invited for trials together with 40 other players under mentor, Owen Da Gama. They were named amongst the 23-player squad that is currently in Palestine and played a friendly match against the Palestine National team on Sunday, 15 March.
“South Africa came out with a 2-1 victory, and Nkosi and Mtsweni featured in Coach Da Gama’s starting 11.
“Mtsweni plays his club football for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier (Soccer) League, while Nkosi plays for the North West University, Vaal Campus (NWUV) competing in the ABC Motsepe League and Dlamini hails from Remember FC in the Mpumalanga SAB league stream.
“The Castle Lager Football Academy campaign which started in 2012 in partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the SABC, is steadily achieving its objective of assisting with football development in the country,” a statement from Castle Larger said.