Kujane Hails U17 For Laying Solid Foundation For The Future
South African U17 National Team Making Progress
South Africa National Teams Senior Manager Barney Kujane has told the Siya crew that he is excited with the U17 squad that coach Molefi Ntseki has put together saying that a solid development side is the foundation for a bright future.
Ntseki has put together a select squad of 43 players, comprising exclusively of school going players.
As reported by Soccer Laduma, the squad which has been divided into two will play in a mini-tournament in Lesotho. The event was initially scheduled to be a Four Nations tournament but Swaziland and Botswana pulled out at the last minute, leaving South Africa and hosts, Lesotho, to put up two teams each.
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The first matches involving South Africa A and B against Lesotho A and B will take place on Friday, 15 December 2017 with the final scheduled for Saturday.
“I am so excited about this programme because this falls within SAFA President, Dr (Danny) Jordaan’s Vision 2022. Building a firm u17 side augurs well for all other national teams – that is the u20, u23 and ultimately the Senior National Team,” Kujane told Soccer Laduma.
South Africa U17 will take part in COSAFA Cup tournament in Mauritius mid-next year before getting involved in the AFCON qualifiers and Kujane says with little happening on the continent regarding the u17 age group, the Lesotho outing was invaluable for the players' confidence and exposure.
Kujane said the fact that all of the current U17 Select Team had been picked from schools around the country should propel provinces, regions and LFAs to invest more in schools football.
SAFA has taken over the running of schools football in the country and the move is already showing positive signs following the selection of this U17 side.