Komphela names squad for Qatar
South African Under-23 coach Steve Komphela has named a new-look 'Amaglug-glug' team that will travel to Qatar for an eight-nation's tournament next week.
According to the Star newspaper, many Castle Premiership teams were not willing to release their star players for the tournament in Asia from January 21 to 31, forcing coach Komphela to blood some new faces at SA Under-23 level.
The only notable players who have featured regularly for the side before are goalkeepers Itumeleng Khune and Senzo Meyiwa, both of whom having missed Amaglug-glug's last outing (a 2-0 friendly win over Mali) because of injuries.
Cyril Zuma of Golden Arrows returns to the squad for the first time since he travelled with 'Amaglug-glug' to West Africa in July 2006.
Lance Davids, who plays for Djugardens in Sweden, has also been retained, whilst Scotland-based midfielder Dean Furman may yet make his debut for the Olympic hopefuls.
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Senzo Meyiwa (Orlando Pirates).
Defenders: Vincent Kobola (Winners Park), Tumane Khosholo (Bloem Young Tigers), Simon Madibo (United FC), Buti Sithole (BidVest Wits), Kirk Leray (FC AK), Happy Jele (Orlando Pirates), Terrance Mabaso (Mamelodi Sundowns).
Midfielders: Cyril Zuma (Golden Arrows), Michael Nkambule (SuperSport United), Sibusiso Hadebe (Jomo Cosmos), Lance Davids (Djugardens, Sweden), Dean Furman (Glasgow Rangers), Oupa Manyisa (African Sports), Goodwill Mthimkhulu (Mamelodi Sundowns).
Strikers: Calvin Kadi, Bonginkosi Macala (Jomo Cosmos), Nhlanhla Shabalala (Ajax Cape Town), Stanton Lewis (Ajax Amsterdam).
Sunday, January 21: Japan v South Africa
Tuesday, January 23: South Africa v UAE
Thursday, January 25: Qatar v South Africa
'Amaglug-glug' are in Group A with hosts Qatar, Japan and the UAE. The other group includes South Korea, Belarus, Egypt and Iran.
The top two teams from both groups will qualify for the semi-finals.