FAM secures U-20 friendly with South Africa

Malawi Under-20 national team has been given a boost to prepare for Botswana in Caf Youth Championship on Friday next week after securing a friendly game against South Africa on Saturday at Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 1pm.

Bafana Bafana assistant coach Serame Letsoaka, who has called up 18 players for the encounter, will lead the squad in place of coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba who is in Namibia.

Mashaba accompanied Amajimb

Malawi's U-20 star Mark Fodya in red  tackles Botswana's Mbaiwa in the first leg
Malawi’s U-20 star Mark Fodya in red tackles Botswana’s Mbaiwa in the first leg

os to Namibia where they are taking part in the Four Nations tournament involving hosts Namibia, Ghana and a select team from Germany.

Letsoaka has had to call up an almost completely different team to the U-20 squad that recently won the Cosafa tournament in Lesotho with Mashaba as most of those players are taking part in the annual Bayhill Metropolitan U-19 Premier Cup currently under way in Cape Town.

Safa president Danny Jordan said the game was important although their players would not earn caps as it is practice match.

”This is an important period for all our national teams as we have a very busy schedule, all in line with our vision of getting them to be as active as possible and not wait until the qualifiers of their respective levels,” said Safa President Dr Danny Jordaan.

“This past weekend we had Banyana Banyana playing against Zimbabwe and they will soon be going into camp to face Scotland away.

“We currently have our U-17s in Namibia playing in a Four Nations tournament. The U-20s are in camp to face Malawi on Saturday at Nike Centre.

“Next weekend, we have the start of the SAafa U-19 Youth Championship in Bloemfontein.

All our national teams are busy. We might not see immediate results but this is a solid foundation for all of our national teams to participate competitively on the international stage.”

Malawi travel to Botswana by road for a vital game after they were held to a one-all draw at Kamuzu Stadium on April 5 in the first leg.

They have to win or record any draw of over two goals to progress to the next round.

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