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2015-09-02 06:00


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THE youthful Vuyo Mantjie and Felix Noge of the Harmony High School got the nod from Molefi Ntseki, head coach of the South African junior national u.17 side.

The boys, who are part of the Harmony Sports Academy, have been included in the preliminary squad of 25 players from whom Ntseki is expected to select the best 21 players to represent South Africa at this year’s Fifa u.17 World Cup taking place in Chile.

South Africa is in Group E, which has Costa Rica, North Korea and Russia who will compete for international honours in Chile from 17 October to 8 November. The two rising stars’ impressive form earned them a call to the preliminary squad. Their immediate challenge is to make a lasting impression that will see Ntseki include them in the final team of 21 players. Also in the team is Roses United player Tebogo Qinisile. His inclusion makes the number of players from the Free State in the preliminary 25-player squad three.

Ntseki’s ambition is to see his charges continue their steady rise internationally after a successful campaign continentally. The former Bloemfontein Celtic assistant coach led the youthful South African u.17 side to this year’s CAF African Youth Championship final in Niamey (Niger). However, the lads gave away the championship when they lost by 2-0 to Mali in the final in March.

Of the Free State trio in the preliminary squad only Mantjie was part of the team that won a silver medal at this year’s continental championship. However, Noge has been part of the set from the start, but fell out of favour during the qualifying rounds of the African Youth Championship.

From the African continent point of view, South Africa will compete with Mali, Guinea and Nigeria to make Africa proud at the tournament.

South Africa will debut in the competition. It will be the fourth time that Guinea participates in the showpiece event of u.17 football. It will be Mali’s third appearance. The West Africans, Nigeria, won the inaugural competition in the People’s Republic of China in 1985 and added titles in 1993 and 2007.

This will be Golden Eagles’ seventh appearance at the global youth showpiece

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