Mashaba BROOM sweeps clean

Bafana: Out with old, in with new

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTHOWA­GAE dmoth­owa­gae@city­press.co.za

Shakes Mashaba’s “Maseru to Moscow road” was ev­i­dent when he an­nounced his squad. Goal­keeper Itumeleng Khune was the only mem­ber of the 2010 World Cup team to have been re­tained.

Other for­mer reg­u­lars who re­tained their spots – Dean Fur­man, Anele Ng­con­gca and Tokelo Rantie – fea­tured promi­nently in for­mer coach Gordon Ige­sund’s 2013 Africa Cup of Na­tions team, while Sibu­siso Vilakazi and Buhle Mkhwanazi played at this year’s African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship.

The coach called up five mem­bers from the Un­der-20 team he guided to a Cosafa Cup tri­umph in Maseru, Le­sotho, in De­cem­ber. His view is that th­ese play­ers will gain ex­pe­ri­ence head­ing to the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia.

The play­ers are goal­keeper Du­misani Msibi (19), de­fend­ers Ayab­ulela Magqwaka (18) and Ri­valdo Coet­zee (17), as well as strik­ers Nh­laka­nipho Ntuli (18) and Siyanda Ngubo (17).

The group was part of the Ama­jita pool that Mashaba built from scratch and won the Cosafa Cup, and they are still part of the team that is on the verge of qual­i­fy­ing for next year’s African Youth Cham­pi­onships in Sene­gal.

Pre­vi­ous tech­ni­cal staff mem­bers were also not spared – fit­ness trainer Ka­belo Ran­goaga was the only per­son re­tained from the team that worked with Ige­sund.

As re­ported last week, Mashaba con­firmed his cur­rent Un­der-20 as­sis­tant, Thabo Senong, as his sec­ond as­sis­tant.

The Mamelodi Sun­downs youth coach – who turns 34 next month – has come a long way with Mashaba, who also listed Owen Da Gama as his first deputy coach.

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Mashaba said he was hop­ing he will be given a chance to rec­om­mend his suc­ces­sor at Ama­jita.

Yes­ter­day, Mashaba re­vealed to City Press he will guide the South Africa Un­der-20 team for the last time in Polok­wane next Sun­day af­ter­noon and then as­sem­ble his first Bafana camp.

He said his dual role as a ju­nior and se­nior coach will end in Polok­wane, where his beloved Ama­jita carry a 1-1 re­sult into the sec­ond leg of the African Youth Cham­pi­onships qual­i­fier against Cameroon.

The win­ner will qual­ify for the fi­nal tour­na­ment in Sene­gal next year.

Af­ter this match, the five Un­der-20 play­ers and Senong will be­gin their prepa­ra­tions for the 2015 Af­con qual­i­fiers against Su­dan and Nige­ria next month.

Mashaba’s plan for Bafana is clearly re­flected in the com­po­si­tion of the 34-mem­ber Bafana squad.

“If you look at the age of the [Bafana] team I picked, it is in line with [the SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s] vi­sion to build for the future,” he told City Press yes­ter­day.

“My du­ties as Un­der-20 coach come to an end next week. I will be on the bench for the Polok­wane game and I will only join Bafana later in the day be­cause [Sun­day, Au­gust 31] will be the first day they re­port for camp.”

Mashaba said he will only ap­point a cap­tain af­ter meet­ing with all the play­ers.

PHOTO: ALET PRE­TO­RIUS

LOOK MA, NO LEGS The 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour fi­nal took place on the lawns of the Union Build­ings in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day. At the be­gin­ning of the event, New Zealand’s Levi Sher­wood led the tour on 265 points. South African rider Nick de Wit also par­tic­i­pated

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