Today Owen da Gama announced his first 23-man squad for South Africa’s U23s, with them playing their first game later this week against Palestine.
The squad consists mainly of players from club academies, with only a handful of them having had previous first team experience in South African football.
Clement Sefoto Ramakgasha (Jomo Cosmos), Thakasani Minenhle Mbanjwa (Bidvest Wits), Tshepo Mamabolo (Platinum Stars).
Mbongeni Gumede (Orlando Pirates), Junior Siyabonga Sibande (University of Pretoria), Simphiwe Mtsweni (Kaizer Chiefs), Sifiso Victor Nkosi (NWU Vaal), Lorenzo Gordinho (Kaizer Chiefs), Jason Clayton Skippers (M.Tigers), Zitha Macheke (Kaizer Chiefs), Tshepiso Promise Sathekge (SuperSport United).
Chris Matombo (Kaizer Chiefs), Avela Cezu (M.Tigers), Menzi Alson Masuku (Orlando Pirates), Paseka Sekese (Bidvest Wits), Bafana Nkululeko Dlamini (Remember Academy), Itumeleng Lephika Moshabane (Kaizer Chiefs), Andisiwe Isaac Mtsila (Kaizer Chiefs), Khayelihle Shozi (M.Tigers), Adednego Keoikantse Mosiatlhago (Bidvest Wits), Snethemba Ngidi (SuperSport United).
Sibusiso Mahlangu (Orlando Pirates), Tshegofasto John Mabasa (Bloemfontein Celtic).
The players will travel to Palestine on Tuesday evening ahead of the game, and will be looking to make sure they prepare properly for the upcoming All Africa Games and Olympics qualifiers.