Captain Thendo Mukumela and goalkeeper Khulekani Kubheka are serving their suspensions after receiving two yellow cards each in group stage matches
The South African Under-20 team will be without two key players through suspension for their semi-final clash against Egypt today in the Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championship, at the Nkana Stadium in Kitwe, in Zambia.
Captain Thendo Mukumela and goalkeeper Khulekani Kubheka are serving their suspensions after receiving two yellow cards each in group stage matches.
Amajita head coach Thabo Senong, though, is still optimist ahead of his side’s clash with the North Africans.
“We have two suspensions but we will not struggle. We have faith in all the 20 players who are in the squad and the two who come in will fit in well with the team. We will focus on our game plan, switch tactics if and where necessary, still respect critical phases of the game and ensure that we convert the many chances we are capable of creating. If we can do all these things, we are guaranteed a place in Saturday’s final,” said Senong.
Vice captain Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (pictured) will wear the armband for the encounter against Egypt. The match will be the second consecutive match between the two sides following Amajita’s 2-1 victory against the Young Pharaohs in the group stages.
SA qualified for the semi finals as group B winners, while Egypt qualify as the best runner-up.
The second semi-final will see guests Uganda take on Lesotho at 4pm at the same venue. – ANA