SASCOC has announced the names of Team SA that will be compete at the eighth edition of the Africa Union Sport Council Region 5 U20 Games, previously the Zone VI Games, in Gaborone, Botswana from 7-16 December.Team South Africa comprises 220 athletes from nine sporting codes namely: athletics – including visually impaired, basketball, boxing, football, judo, netball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
The bulk of the squad will come from athletics, football, netball and swimming.
South Africa have in previous years dominated these U20 Games between the Region 5 countries which include: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.
The games, which are held bi-annually on a rotational basis, were last held in Angola in 2016 and Team SA did extremely well by retaining the first position on the medals table, bringing home a total of 123 medals.
The strong team comprises medalists from the just ended 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Dune Coetzee who won a silver medal in the Women 200m Butterfly and Michael Houlie gold in the Men 50m Breaststroke event and the Women’s football team are the defending champions.
Project Manager and Chef de Mission for the Team, Isaac Mdaka commented, ‘It’s a huge honor to lead this team of young talent to Gaborone. The Region V games have seen South Africa developing great athletes like the much-decorated 800m & 400m Olympic champions Caster Semenya and Wayde Van Niekerk.
‘I have no doubt that these games will see more of our young stars putting their hands up on the big stage in the near future. I wish them all well and urge them to give their all on the field of play and also to act as great ambassadors for the rainbow nation,’ Mdaka concluded.
SASCOC Acting CEO, Patience Shikwambana also wished the team well. ‘I want to echo well wishes to our last youth team for the year to the Region V Games and we hope the results obtained at the Youth Olympic Games will inspire this group to obtain more medals for us.
‘This important year–2018, we have been celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu whose values encouraged excellence in sport, we hope that our athletes display and follow the good examples as they represent our nation and fly the flag high in Botswana,’ added Ms Shikwambana.
The full team to represent Team South Africa at the Region 5 Games in Gaborone, Botswana is:
Rose Xeyi, Nicola Van der Merwe, Elsabe Antoinette Van der Merwe, Marlie Viljoen, Tebogo Prudence Sekgodiso, Nicole Rodrigues Louw, Carmie Prinsloo, Lara Nicole Orrock, Yandiswa Shange, Rogail Samantha Joseph, Gontse Martha Morake, Yvonne Robson, Nadja Fourie, Michaela Wright, Meike Strydom, Collet Uys, Tharina Van der Walt, Marinda Greyling, Maggie Le Roux, Leandre Lamprecht, Annette Koen.
Thandolwenkosi Dlodlo, Omphile Godwijn Molotsi, Thakgatso Dias Malebana, Ngconde Alfred Matwebu, Pieter Robert De Villiers, Silusapho Mosuli Dingiswayo, Petrus Ignasius, Lourens Steenkamp, Breyton Avron Poole, Abraham Ekhardt Van der Watt, Hendrik Johannes Van Wyk, Christiaan Frederick Le Roux, Tristan-Brian Faroa, Sifiso Miya, Kayle Albert Blignaut, Ignatius Coetzee Marais, Jan Christiaan Schultz, Paul Johannes Du Plessis, Anro Van Eeden, Coenraad Hendrik Kotze, Francois Malan Jacobs, Thembo John Monareng.
Team Manager: Tshifiwa Margaret Makhoshi.
Coach: Melanie Dirkse, Willem Abraham Lodewyk, Bafana Sidwell Mabena.
Nakita Jozeen Jansen, Sinelethu Nyanda, Vuyiseka Avril Wessels, Marle Van Wyk, Matthew Joan Bradley Migels, Chane Hendriks, Lesang Clifford Mothibedi, Keamogetse Daniel Matlakala, Sbonelo Shange, Daniel Briers-Louw, Tebogo Lerite, Nielbert, Sibongiseni Aviwe Ntuthu.
Guide: Jay-Cee August, Ruwayne Julian De Villiers, Soph-Mari Cronje.
Manager: Cornelia Maria Swanepoel, Mihloti Elizabeth Shikwambana, Raymond Julius,
Coach: Stephanus Benjamin Van der Merwe
Tautona Moloi, David Lee Craig, Amani Olivier Tshilenga Cilengi, Allan Mametja, Cole Curt Jasson, Ethan Brooke, Maximilian Richard Hasting-Brown, Richard Rayn Wimbush, Nkosinathi Vusi Dlamini, Qalakahle Anqoba Mkhize, Lehlohonolo Mphatse, Letlhogonolo Ditsele.
Coach: Lethuxolo Zulu. Assistant Coach/Manager:Sbusiso Williams
Lethosa Dampies ,Jordan Joyce Seale, Chulumanco Mgobozi, Thando Tshepiso Mothiba, Hannah Noela Patricia Palane, Reneilwe Mosala, Mimi Grace Nhlapo, Palesa Nomsisi Dodo
Kamohelo Mampiti Raphoto, Rorisang Lesenyego, Caroline Maine, Lerato Asavela Ntsimane,
Coach: Thesline Davids. Assistant Coach/ Manager: Nompumelelo Ramatsoga
Siphesihle Siza Funulwazi Ngiba, Ishmaeel Kadiri, William J Smith, Sakhile Sandiso Hlatshwayo, John Paul Masamba, Asakhe Hedeni, Asemahle Willem, Sinovuyo Mtintelwa, Vuyolwetu Dila, Amorie Gonsalves, Philile Ndelu.
Coach: Nkosinathi Thusi and Khangelani Jack.
Sphiwe Nkabinde, Morapedi Nelson Ralenkoane, Siyanda Themba Nyanga, Constandino Christodoulou, AzolaTshobeni, Athenkosi Mcaba, Jenaceson Jerome Karelse, Vusumzi Plamana, Bontle Siposethu Karabo Molefe, James Roberto McFarlane, Lance Lungile Makambi, Bongolwetu Mihlali Siyasi, Dante Jordan Brown, Thando Sthembiso Buthelezi
Bryn Raymond Deeley, Storm Jonas, Boitumelo Lawrence Radiopane, Mohammed Shaheed Shahabodien, Leonardo Leyden Romario Rooi, Motlhalosi Junior Nare.
Coach: Molefi Ntseki, Vela Khumalo.
Thambolinye Bukeka Mzoneli, Oratile Dikgosi Mokwena, Sibulele Cecilia Holweni, Kaylyn Octavia Jordaan, Karabo Angel Dlamini, Tyla-Bree Joss, Kirsten Country Nolan. Noxolo Cesane, Sinoxolo Cesane, Lindokuhle Gladile, Shakeera Theresa Jacobs, Lelona Daweti, Jessica Lemique Williams, Mapaseka Karabo Mpuru, Nosiphpo Mahlawe, Ntombifikile Charol
Ndlovu, Modikanalo Lehlogonolo Sebastian Mashigo, Antonia Maponya, Bongeka Smangele Gamede, Karabo Makhurubetshi.
Coach: Anna Mamphaki Monate, Jabulile Baloyi
Mosa Thetsane, Khanya Thamae, Monde Matlakeng, Bernhard Venter, Vernon Henry, Brendan Pretorius, Anda Mbonjeni, Faith Sookane, Rozanne Adriaanse, Jeandre Brand, Charne Griesel, Skye Knoester, Katja Lang, Caitlyn Serfontein, Tina Mvenya.
Coach: Katja Bruwer. Manager/Coach: Sondisa Magajana.
Boitumelo Betty Mahloko, Danielle Van Zyl, Elmere Van der Berg, Heidi Kuzatjike, Jani Bergh, Mahlatse Faith Dombeni, Nicola Smith, Nokululeko Helen Hlophe, Sikholiwe Sibusisiwe Sinegugulethu Mdletshe, Thulisile Princess Maduna, Tinita Van Dyk, Venetia Grobler, Dumisani Chauke
Manager: Sameshia Sophia Elizabeth Esau
Aimee Louise Canny, Georgia Nel, Inge Weidemann, Jade Joy Simons, Janie Coetzer, Kerryn Herbst, Khwezi Duma, Lara Van Niekerk, Megan Tully, Nuria Andreza Ribeioro, Olivia Nel, Paige Brombacher, Talia Fos, Tori Oliver, Trinity Hearne, Christin Mundell, Dune Coetzee, Alex Ramaala, Andrews Ross, Calvin Coetzee, Ethan Du Preez, Gawie Nortjie, Hendrik Duvenhage, Jack Holden Oliver, Kobe Ndebele, Lebone Taukobong, Louw Oberholzer, Timothy Sates, Luke Erwee, Matthew Bosch, Michael Houlie, Refiloe Mashao, Riccardo Di Domenico, Ruan Breytenbach, Sabusiswa Ngcobo.
Team Manager: Mafata Modutoane. Coach: Mark Hartley Edge, Chanelle Van Wyk, Ramon Eric Coutriers
Robbie Owen Arends, Thando Van Rouendal, Longwe-Smit, Delien Kleinhans, Ntokozo Zungu.
Coach/ Manager: Siyabulela Joshua Nkachela
Sandile Ngcobo, Sfundo Mpuku, Aviwe Bulela Mamfanya, Tshenolo Mokobo Revelation Otsweleng, Kgothatso Mamabolo, Dalane Dube, Trevolin Naidoo, Opondo Andesa Nonkonyane, Sphiwe Mtsweni, Tumelo Kambule, Marco Renata Cipriano, Keveshan Bhagwandin
Coach: Kelvin Peter Maarman. Head Coach: Moorgas Narainasami Govender
Nelia Tembe Tatiana Simopoulos, Sarah Lyndsay Shabalala, Limpopo Geraldine Molife, Carla Anne Parsons, Mmatswele Mary Magoro, Matsela Alice Motsai, Vihemba Helena Sihinga, Maletsatsi Patricia Monyaki, Reyanka Kisten, Raesetsa Matlebjane, Hannah Osaruese Davidson.
Coach: Huganthiran Coopsamy. Assist Coach: Keitumetse Martha Mokoena.