United duo called up for Amajita

2010-04-05 00:00

FOLLOWING their impressive debut for the South African U20 team that won the Metropolitan Four Nations Cup last week in Gauteng, Maritzburg United’s young duo of wingers Jabulani “JB” Ncube and Ayanda “Jukes” Ndlovu have been called up again for an international tournament set in Cape Town this week.

Amajita will battle it out in a four-nation championship that will see Ghana, Brazil and Nigeria giving the locals a stern test.

Caretaker coach Maqsood Chenia told The Witness he was impressed by Ncube and Ndlovu’s application at the recent tournament staged in Gauteng.

They contributed to the national team’s defence of the tournament, beating Swaziland 2-0.

Ncube and Ndlovu are knocking hard on the senior team’s door to draw the attention of Maritzburg coach Ernst Middendorp.

“These boys have a brighter future ahead of them. They showed class. I was impressed by their le­vel of commitment, attitude and application, despite the fact that they were playing for the first time at that kind of level,” said Chenia.

He added that the tough competition expected from the countries they will play this week will be beneficial for the team’s development.

“All these teams we are going to play are good, and for us to come up against them is good for the preparations for the Africa Youth Championships set for July,” said Chenia.

Ghana are the current Fifa World Youth Champions, while Brazil and Nigeria are renowned for producing players who are household names in European clubs.

The SA team’s first match is against Brazil on Thursday at 7 pm, at the Newlands Stadium.

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