Amaglug-glug on a mission
Thursday May 04 2006
The South African Under-23 team, Amaglug-glug, is on track to pursue their mission of qualifying for the All Africa Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The core Amaglug-glug team was announced on Wednesday, May 3, when an intensive programme to develop a formidable team was also made public. This programme forms part of the 'Beijing our Destination' campaign that was launched last year by the South African Football Association (SAFA) and sponsors, Sasol.
The announcement of the core team is the culmination of the talent identification, training and development processes that the South African Under-23 project has been conducting since the launch of this campaign in February 2005.
The Sasol-sponsored team comprises players from the talent identification programme, dubbed 'Wonke Wonke', the Mvela Golden League and the Premier Soccer League (PSL). These players were under the watchful eye of the South African U23 coach, Steve Komphela.
In support of his selection, Steve Komphela said: "These players are a true reflection of the technical and talent assessment programmes that we embarked on last year.
"The doors, however, are not totally closed, we acknowledge that this will be an in and out movement of players, thus affording late developers an opportunity," he emphasised.
Some of the team's activities ahead of the All African Games and Olympic Qualifiers were outlined on Tuesday - including crucial encounters against Nigeria scheduled for May 24 and 27. Directly after the Nigeria games, the team will depart for Tunisia where they will participate in international friendlies on June 2 and 4.
The team will further embark on an African Safari Tour from June 18 to July 2 against Mali and Burkina Faso/Senegal.
Pat Davies, the Chief Executive of Sasol, said: "We are delighted at the progress made by the team thus far. Good luck and best wishes to the coach and the boys for the challenges lying ahead.
"On behalf of Sasol, we will continue to fuel your ambitions every step of the way to reaching our destination - Beijing in 2008," Davies concluded.
The Amaglug-glug team that will represent South Africa in Beijing will also form the foundation for the Bafana Bafana team that will be battling it out with the rest of the world in 2010.