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Letsoaka to travel with 'Majimbos'


New 'Majimbos' coach Doctor Khumalo has asked South Africa's Under-20 coach Serame Letsoaka to travel with him to Togo for the fifth African Under-17 Championships in March.

This was confirmed at the weekend by Barney Kujane, the South African Football Association's (SAFA) national teams' Director.

"I had a meeting earlier this week with Doctor Khumalo, who requested that Serame accompany the team in March," Kujane told The Sowetan.

He added: "Khumalo felt there was a need for Letsoaka to come along as he is the one who started with the qualifiers in June last year.

"SAFA is making every effort to ensure that 'Majimbos' get the best possible assistance in their preparations for the tournament. Khumalo made it clear that they wanted to play as many friendly games as possible to sharpen the team up."

Khumalo is currently being assisted by Solly Luvhengo, who served in the same capacity when Letsoaka was still coach of the South African Under-17 national side.

The 'Majimbos' began their final preparations for Togo last weekend with an intensive two-day training camp in Johannesburg. They also played a warm-up match against the visiting Gambian Under-20 national side. The West Africans won the match 2-0.

Luvhengo said: "We are satisfied with our preparations to date, though there is a need to have more training camps.

"We also need to play against the best - that will help us to identify the areas where we have to tighten up before Togo."

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has changed the rules and regulations of the biennial tournament, with all the top four countries automatically qualifying for the World Junior Championships in South Korea in August.

In the past, the top three countries, only, qualified. South Africa missed qualification by a whisker after losing 1-0 to Ivory Coast in the semi-finals in Gambia in 2005.

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