Amajita coach Thabo Senong has been forced to make five changes to his team that is travelling to the Netherlands for the team’s first training camp ahead of the all-important 2017 Fifa World Cup in South Korea in May.
Key players Grant Margeman of Ajax Cape Town, the Supersport United duo of Teboho Mokoena and Fagrie Lakay, as well as Phakamani Mahlambi and Reeve Frosler of Bidvest Wits will miss out on the camp due to club commitments as all five players are playing in the Absa Premiership.
Even though Senong will leave for Netherlands without his key players next week Tuesday, the Amajita coach believes he has a very huge pool of players therefore they are able to make changes.
“This is a minor crisis and something we have become accustomed to, but there is not much we can do about it. We have a pool of players that we are monitoring and therefore we are able to make changes going into the camp. Unfortunately, we are dealing with a difficult age group as these players break into their first teams around the same time we need them at the national set up,” Senong told the Safa website.
“But I am happy for players like Reeve Frosler and Grant Margeman because they are getting the much needed game time at the highest level locally and this will help us going forward. I still believe such a training camp would also have helped in their development as players especially at international level.”
Margeman has been replaced by Zama Rambuwane of Hapoel Ra’anana A.F.C. in Israel, while Sydney Mtshweni of SuperSport United takes the place of Mokoena and Keletso Makgalwa of Mamelodi Sundowns comes in for Lakay.
Katlego Ntshabeleng of the University of Johannesburg and Ajax Cape Town’s Sergio Kammies have been called up in place of Mahlambi and Frosler respectively.
The team assembled for camp on Wednesday and will depart to the European country next week Tuesday.
The tournament will be held from May 20 – June 11 in South Korea.