South Africa national under-20 football team

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South Africa under-20
Nickname(s) Amajita (The Boys)
Association South African
Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA
Head coach Thabo Senong
FIFA code RSA
First colours
Second colours
First international
South Africa South Africa 2–0 Swaziland Swaziland
(Somholo, Swaziland; 11 December 1993)[1]
Biggest win
South Africa South Africa 8–0 Lesotho Lesotho
(Moruleng, South Africa; 7 December 2016)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 1997)
Best result Second Round, 2009

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 seven African Youth Championships and three 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, 2009 and 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cups in Malaysia, Egypt and South Korea.

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 South Korea in 2017, players need to have been born on or after 1 January 1997.

Schedule and Recent Results[edit]

The following is a list of matches from the past twenty-four months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Date Team Result Score Competition Location
12 December 2016  Botswana W 1-0 2016 COSAFA U-20 Cup South Africa Moruleng Stadium, Moruleng, South Africa
14 December 2016  Angola W 5-0 2016 COSAFA U-20 Cup Semi-final South Africa Moruleng Stadium, Moruleng, South Africa
16 December 2016  Zambia W 2-1 2016 COSAFA U-20 Cup Final South Africa Moruleng Stadium, Moruleng, South Africa
12 February 2017  Zambia L 1-2 Friendly Zambia Nkoloma Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia
19 February 2017  Mali D 1-1 Friendly South Africa Peter Mokaba Stadium, Limpopo, South Africa
27 February 2017  Cameroon W 3-1 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations Zambia Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola, Zambia
2 March 2017  Senegal L 3-4 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations Zambia Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola, Zambia
5 March 2017  Sudan W 3-1 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations Zambia Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola, Zambia
8 March 2017  Zambia L 0-1 (a.e.t.) 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations Semi-final Zambia National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia
12 March 2017  Guinea L 1-2 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations Zambia National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia

Current squad[edit]

A 21-man squad has been selected for a 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in South Korea between 20 May – 11 June 2017.[2]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Mondli Mpoto (1998-07-24) 24 July 1998 (age 18) 4 South Africa SuperSport United
1 1GK Sanele Tshabalala (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 19) 1 South Africa Bidvest Wits
20 1GK Walter Kubheka (1999-01-07) 7 January 1999 (age 18) South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns

2DF Malebogo Modise (1999-01-06) 6 January 1999 (age 18) South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
13 2DF Thendo Mukumela (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 19) 5 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
15 2DF Tercious Malepe (captain) (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 20) 4 1 South Africa Orlando Pirates
2DF Shane Saralina (1997-06-27) 27 June 1997 (age 19) South Africa Ajax Cape Town
2DF Reeve Frosler (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 19) South Africa Bidvest Wits
5 2DF Sandile Mthethwa (1997-04-14) 14 April 1997 (age 20) 4 South Africa Orlando Pirates

6 3MF Wiseman Meyiwa (1999-12-27) 27 December 1999 (age 17) 4 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
12 3MF Sipho Mbule (1998-03-22) 22 March 1998 (age 19) 4 South Africa Orlando Pirates
19 3MF Kobamelo Kodisang (1999-08-28) 28 August 1999 (age 17) 4 South Africa Platinum Stars
18 3MF Teboho Mokoena (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 20) 4 South Africa SuperSport United
3MF Grant Margeman (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 (age 19) 5 1 South Africa Ajax Cape Town
8 3MF Sibongakonke Mbatha (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 19) 5 1 South Africa Bidvest Wits
10 3MF Luther Singh (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 19) 5 5 Portugal Braga B
3MF Masilakhe Phohlongo (1997-05-05) 5 May 1997 (age 20) South Africa Ajax Cape Town
3MF Thabo Cele (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 20) Portugal Benfica B

4FW Keletso Makgalwa South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
21 4FW Liam Jordan (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 18) 4 2 Portugal Sporting B
11 4FW Phakamani Mahlambi (1997-09-11) 11 September 1997 (age 19) 2 1 South Africa Bidvest Wits

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 Position GP W D* L GS GA
1977-1993 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Qatar 1995 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Malaysia 1997 Group Stage 20th 3 0 1 2 2 6
1999 to 2007 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Egypt 2009 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 5 8
Colombia 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Turkey 2013 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
New Zealand 2015 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Korea 2017 Group Stage 21st 3 0 1 2 1 4
Round of 16 3/21 10 1 3 6 8 18

Africa U-20 Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1979 to 1993 Did not enter
Nigeria 1995 Did not qualify
Morocco 1997 Second Place 5 2 1 2 5 5
Ghana 1999 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 2001 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 7
Burkina Faso 2003 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 7
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 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 6 6
Zambia 2017 Fourth Place 5 2 0 4 10 9

COSAFA U-20 Challenge Cup record[edit]

COSAFA U-20 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 7 0
South Africa 2016 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 16 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Under-20 National Team". Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Amajita World Cup Squad Revealed". Soccer Laduma. 2017-05-05. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 

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