South Africa national under-20 football team

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South Africa under-20
Nickname(s) Amajita
Association South African
Football Association
Sub-confederation COSAFA
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Ephraim Mashaba
Captain Ayabulela Magqwaka
FIFA code RSA
First colours
Second colours
First international
South Africa South Africa 2–0 Swaziland U-20Swaziland
(Somholo, Swaziland; 11 December 1993)[1]
African Youth Championship
Appearances 4 (First in 1997)
Best result Runners up, 1997

The South Africa national under-20 football team, is a youth football (soccer) team, which represents South Africa and is controlled by the South African Football Association, the governing body for football in South Africa. The team's main objectives are to qualify and play at the African Youth Championship and FIFA U-20 World Cup. The team has played at four African Youth Championships and two FIFA U-20 World Cups.

History[edit]

The team was started in 1993, when SAFA decided to form an under-20 team. The team's greatest achievements to date include a second place finish at the 1997 African Youth Championship, hosted in Morocco and qualifying for the 1997 and 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cups in Malaysia and Egypt.

Player eligibility[edit]

Players who are selected, will be 20 or younger in the following World Cup year. With the next FIFA U-20 World Cup being held in Colombia in 2011, players need to born on or after 1 January 1991.

Recent and future matches[edit]

Recent results

Date Team Result Score Type Venue
12 August 2012  Congo W 1-0 2012 African Youth Championship qualifier South Africa Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
28 July 2012  Congo L 1-2 2012 African Youth Championship qualifier Republic of the Congo Congo
3 June 2012  Japan D 1-1 (Won 7-6 on penalties) 2012 Cape Town International Challenge Group Match South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town, South Africa
1 June 2012  Brazil D 2-2 (Lost 3-4 on penalties) 2012 Cape Town International Challenge Group Match South Africa Athlone Stadium Cape Town, South Africa
29 May 2012  Nigeria W 1-0 2012 Cape Town International Challenge Group Match South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town, South Africa
27 May 2012  Ghana W 2-0 2012 Cape Town International Challenge Group Match South Africa Cape Town Stadium Cape Town, South Africa
25 May 2012  Argentina L 1-3 2012 Cape Town International Challenge Group Match South Africa Athlone Stadium Cape Town, South Africa
6 December 2011  Zambia L 1-5 2011 COSAFA U-20 Cup Botswana Molepolole Stadium, Molepolole, Botswana
4 December 2011  Tanzania D 1-1 2011 COSAFA U-20 Cup Botswana Molepolole Stadium, Molepolole, Botswana
2 December 2011  Mauritius W 4-0 2011 COSAFA U-20 Cup Botswana University of Botswana Stadium, Gaborone, Botswana
12 November 2011  Botswana W 2-0 International Friendly Botswana Gaborone, Botswana
10 November 2011  Lesotho W 2-1 International Friendly South Africa Laubscher Stadium, Kroonstad, South Africa
23 April 2011  Egypt L 0-1 2011 African Youth Championship South Africa Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
20 April 2011  Lesotho W 2-1 2011 African Youth Championship South Africa Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
17 April 2011  Mali L 2-4 2011 African Youth Championship South Africa Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
13 April 2011  Botswana W 2–0 International Friendly South Africa Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
10 April 2011  Cameroon W 3–2 International Friendly South Africa Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville, South Africa

Upcoming matches

Date Team Result Score Type Venue
11 September 2012  Botswana International Friendly South Africa Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa
21/22/23 September 2012  Nigeria 2012 African Youth Championship qualifier Nigeria Nigeria
5/6/7 October 2012  Nigeria 2012 African Youth Championship qualifier South Africa South Africa

Current squad[edit]

A 21 man squad has been selected for a 2011 African Youth Championship to be held in South Africa from 17 April.[2]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ronwen Williams (1992-01-21) 21 January 1992 (age 22) South Africa SuperSport United
2 2DF Doctor Mampuru (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 22) South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
3 Enrico Adolph (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 22) South Africa Wits University
4 Sabata Mosebo South Africa Carara Kicks
5 3MF Lucky Baloyi (1991-06-19) 19 June 1991 (age 23) South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
6 Awonke Kwenene South Africa Jomo Cosmos
7 Tshegofatso Ramabu South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
8 Mbuso Manyoni South Africa SuperSport United
9 3MF Keagan Buchanan South Africa FC Cape Town
10 Philani Khwela (captain) South Africa SuperSport United
11 Ayanda Lubelo South Africa Africa Sports Academy
12 3MF Lyle Lakay (1991-08-17) 17 August 1991 (age 23) South Africa SuperSport United
13 Miquel Timm South Africa SuperSport United
14 3MF Jabulani Ncubeni (1992-12-18) 18 December 1992 (age 21) South Africa Maritzburg United
15 Sherwyn Naicker South Africa SuperSport United
16 Lucky Nguzana (1991-06-19) 19 June 1991 (age 23) South Africa African Warriors
17 Sheldon Stevens South Africa SuperSport United
18 Andile Khumalo South Africa AmaZulu
19 3MF Mpho Maruping South Africa Nathi Lions
20 Tawfeeq Salie South Africa Ajax Cape Town
21 Letsie Koapeng South Africa Wits University

Notable former players[edit]

Players who have previously played for the under-20 team, and have since gone on to play for the senior team:

Tournament records[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup record[edit]

U-20 World Cup
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1977-1993 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 1995 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Malaysia 1997 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 6
1999 to 2007 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Egypt 2009 Round of 16 4 1 1 2 5 8
Colombia 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - -

African Youth Championship record[edit]

African Youth Championship
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1979 to 1993 Did not enter
Nigeria 1995 Did not qualify
Morocco 1997 Third Place
Ghana 1999 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 2001 Group Stage
Burkina Faso 2003 Group Stage
Benin 2005 Did not qualify
Republic of the Congo 2007 Did not qualify
Rwanda 2009 Fourth Place 5 2 0 3 8 9
South Africa 2011 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 4 6
Algeria 2013 Did not qualify
Senegal 2015 Qualified


COSAFA U-20 Challenge Cup record[edit]

U-20 Challenge Cup
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1983-1990 Did not enter - - - - - -
Swaziland 1993 Quarter-finals 4 2 0 2 8 3
Lesotho 1995 Runners-up 5 1 3 1 3 3
Botswana 1997 Unknown ? ? ? ? ? ?
South Africa 1999 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 15 6
South Africa 2000 Champions 5 4 1 0 6 1
South Africa 2001 Unknown ? ? ? ? ? ?
South Africa 2002 Unknown ? ? ? ? ? ?
South Africa 2003 Unknown ? ? ? ? ? ?
South Africa 2004 Champions ? ? ? ? ? ?
South Africa 2005 Unknown ? ? ? ? ? ?
South Africa 2006 Champions ? ? ? ? ? ?
South Africa 2007 Runners-up ? ? ? ? ? ?
South Africa 2008 Champions ? ? ? ? ? ?
South Africa 2009 Champions 4 4 0 0 16 1
South Africa 2010 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 4
Lesotho 2013 Champions 5 4 1 0 5 ?

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Under-20 National Team". Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Chenia names Amajita squad". Kickiff.com. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 

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