Vela Khumalo names provisional squad for U17 AFCON

The South African U17 Men’s National Team (Amajimbos) coach Vela Khumalo has named the provisional squad to take part in the upcoming 2021 U17 Africa Cup of Nations.

The tournament is scheduled to run from 13–31 March 2021 in Morocco. South Africa have been drawn in Group C together with Cameroon, Senegal and Mali.

“We have called up 26 players for our final preparations because we anticipate a few challenges this coming week. The players will be put to the test and only the best will make the final cut,” Khumalo told SAFA’s website.

“We will be having vigorous training sessions and will need the players to be mentally and physically strong as we prepare to go to war against very tough opponents at the AFCON. Therefore, we do anticipate some hiccups in the camp such as injuries, fear of the unknown and the fact that some players may be forced to focus on their school work.”

SA U17 Men’s National Team Provisional Squad:


  1. Enrique ERASMUS Stars of Africa (Gauteng)
  2. Callum THOMPSON KZN Academy (KwaZulu Natal)
  3. Deejan AH SHENE Ubuntu FC (Western Cape)
  4. Tyrique SIMONS SuperSport United (Gauteng)
  5. Akhanyile NORAWANA School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  6. Siyabonga GUMEDE School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  7. Simthandile SISHI Stars of Africa (Gauteng)
  8. Puso DITHEJANE School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  9. Lyema DIPOLO Supersport United (Gauteng)
  10. Abram MASHELE Supersport United (Gauteng)
  11. Lindokuhle MBUTHO Highlands Park (Gauteng)
  12. Kabelo KGOSITLILE Baroka (Limpopo)
  13. Yamkela PHALANE AmaZulu (KwaZulu Natal)
  14. Luciano JONAS Unattached (formerly with Bidvest Wits)
  15. Siphesihle TATI Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)
  16. Mduduzi SHABALALA Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)
  17. Ntandoyenkosi NKOSI Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)
  18. Luphumlo SIFUMBA Cape Town City (Western Cape)
  19. Thato SEKGOLELA Mokwebo Academy (Limpopo)
  20. Unathi RADEBE Cape Town Spurs (Western Cape)
  21. Olebogeng MOTLHOLWA Mamelodi Sundowns (Gauteng)
  22. Keaviano FRANCIS School of Excellence (Gauteng)
  23. Sanele SKOSANA AP Apprentice Academy (Gauteng)
  24. Mikhenso MBIGA TS Galaxy (Mpumalanga)
  25. Thabang MAHLANGU SuperSport United (Gauteng)
  26. Njabulo HLONGWANE Kaizer Chiefs (Gauteng)

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