South Africa national development football team

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South Africa Development team
Nickname(s) Amabinneplaas
Association South African
Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA
Head coach Simon Ngomane
Captain Jacob Mokhasi
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current N/A
African Nations Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 2011)
Best result Quarter-finals (2011)

The South Africa national development football team, is a development 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 objective is to give international exposure to fringe home-based players, by allowing them to play 'B-level' internationals. Since the advent of the African Nations Championship, the team now attempts to qualify for and play at the event. Since 2008 SAFA have sent the team to the COSAFA Cup, instead of the senior team. The team has played at one African Nations Championship and two COSAFA Cups.


Player eligibility[edit]

African Championship of Nations regulations require teams to be made up only of players from the association's national leagues. As the team is not an official national team, and does not play in FIFA sanctioned tournaments, clubs are not required to release players for matches. Usually the only Premier Soccer League players released are non-squad members. Many players are selected from the National First Division (second tier) and Vodacom League (third tier).

Match status[edit]

Matches played by the team are not classified as 'A-level' internationals. Thus caps awarded for matches do not count as senior national team caps. Matches played by the team also do not count towards FIFA ranking points, even when the team plays other countries' senior national teams.

Recent and future matches[edit]

Recent results

Date Team Result Score Type Venue
18 February 2011 Algeria Algeria A L 0–2 2011 CHAN quarter-final Sudan Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum, Sudan
13 February 2011  Zimbabwe W 2–1 2011 CHAN group match Sudan AlHilal Stadium, Omdurman, Sudan
9 February 2011  Niger W 2–0 2011 CHAN group match Sudan Stade Wad Medani, Wad Medani, Sudan
5 February 2011  Ghana W 2–1 2011 CHAN group match Sudan Stade Wad Medani, Wad Medani, Sudan
22 January 2011  Sweden D 1–1 Friendly South Africa Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa

Upcoming matches

Date Team Result Score Type Venue
21 September 2011  Palestine Friendly
24 September 2011  Palestine Friendly

Current squad[edit]

A 23-man squad was selected for the 2011 African Nations Championship.[1]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Richard de Villiers (1987-12-15) 15 December 1987 (age 29) South Africa Witbank Spurs
16 1GK Jacob Mokhasi (Captain) (1982-09-29) 29 September 1982 (age 35) South Africa Supersport United
22 1GK Confidence Shimange South Africa Giyani Hotspurs
2 2DF Enocent Kunene (1987-09-14) 14 September 1987 (age 30) South Africa Real Classic
3 2DF Cambridge Mashego (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 30) South Africa Baroka FC
4 2DF Humphrey Khoza South Africa Witbank Spurs
5 2DF Sandile Leping South Africa Trabzon FC
15 2DF Calvin Nkosi (1981-07-15) 15 July 1981 (age 36) South Africa Alexandra United
6 3MF Sphiwe Mabena (1982-07-30) 30 July 1982 (age 35) South Africa African Stars
8 3MF Nhlakanipho Mkhwanazi (1989-02-27) 27 February 1989 (age 28) South Africa Ireland FC
10 3MF Jabulani Shongwe (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 28) South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
11 3MF Aphiwe Mlalandle (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 24) South Africa Sivutsa FC
12 3MF Minenhle Mthimkhulu (1987-03-29) 29 March 1987 (age 30) South Africa Alexandra United
13 3MF Tiyane Mabunda (1988-04-17) 17 April 1988 (age 29) South Africa Black Leopards
14 3MF Sakhile Khubeka (1989-09-14) 14 September 1989 (age 28) South Africa Gqikazi All Stars
17 3MF Mlungisi Nkosi (1988-05-03) 3 May 1988 (age 29) South Africa Barberton Stars
7 4FW Ntshirane Rantho (1986-07-09) 9 July 1986 (age 31) South Africa Mpumalanga Black Aces
9 4FW Bheki Shabangu (1985-09-21) 21 September 1985 (age 32) South Africa African All Stars
18 4FW Bongumusa Ntombela South Africa Citizen FC
19 4FW Edward Manqele (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 30) South Africa Trabzon FC
20 4FW Patrick Ngidi South Africa Maluti FC
21 4FW Collins Zimba (1983-12-20) 20 December 1983 (age 33) South Africa Vardos FC
23 4FW Myron Shongwe (1981-05-06) 6 May 1981 (age 36) South Africa Amazulu

Recent callups[edit]

The following 5 players have been selected by South Africa Development in the past 12 months, but were not selected in the squad to play the 2011 African Nations Championship, or withdrew from the squad due to injury. Only players available for call-up, not retired players.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Thokazane Ndlovu South Africa Golden Arrows v.  Sweden, 22 January 2011
DF Thato Mogakabe South Africa Sicilians FC v.  Sweden, 22 January 2011
DF Xolani Mdaki South Africa PUK Tawana v.  Sweden, 22 January 2011
MF Blessing Ngcobo South Africa Central Brothers FC v.  Sweden, 22 January 2011
FW Mark Govender South Africa Golden Arrows FC v.  Sweden, 22 January 2011

Tournament records[edit]

African Nations Championship record[edit]

Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify
Sudan 2011 Quarter-finals 4 3 0 1 6 4
Total 1/2 4 3 0 1 6 4

COSAFA Cup record[edit]

Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
South Africa 2008 Champions 3 3 0 0 4 1
Zimbabwe 2009 Fourth Place 3 1 1 1 3 2
Total 2/2 6 4 1 1 7 3
  • Before the 2008 tournament, SAFA sent the senior team.




  1. ^ "Amabinneplaas Selection For CHAN Completed". Soccer Laduma. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 

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