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Senong calls on five Euro-based players

Amajita coach Thabo Senong has included five European-based players in a provisional squad for the defence of their COSAFA U-20 Championship title.

The men’s national Under-20 side will reassemble this weekend as they commence final prepararations for the upcoming regional showpiece next month.

This year’s biennial tournament is being hosted in Kitwe, Zambia and will run from December 2-14.

Amongst the players called up to the 28-man squad, which will later be trimmed down, are goalkeeper Buhle Damane of Vitoria Setubal (Portugal), defenders Bradley Cross of Schalke (Germany) and Dean Solomons of Ajax (Netherlands), and midfielders Kobamelo Kodisang of AD Sanjoanense FC (Portugal) and Tashreeq Matthews from Borussia Dortmund (Germany).

Also included are three players from Orlando Pirates, two from Kaizer Chiefs and two from Mamelodi Sundowns.

The full COSAFA Under-20 provisional squad:

GoalkeepersGiovanni Idi (AmaTuks), Buhle Damane (Vitoria Setubal), Khulekani Khubeka (Cape Umoya), Kopano Thuntsane (Pirates)

DefendersNjabulo Blom (Chiefs), Zuko Mdunyelwa (CT City), Kgomotso Chiwayo (AmaTuks), Malebogo Modise (M. Tigers), Bradley Cross (Schalke), Keenan Abrahams (Ajax CT), Dean Solomons (Ajax), Givemore Khupe (Cape Umoya), Sibusiso Mabiliso (AmaZulu)

DefendersNjabulo Blom (Chiefs), Zuko Mdunyelwa (CT City), Kgomotso Chiwayo (AmaTuks), Malebogo Modise (M. Tigers), Bradley Cross (Schalke), Keenan Abrahams (Ajax CT), Dean Solomons (Ajax), Givemore Khupe (Cape Umoya), Sibusiso Mabiliso (AmaZulu)

MidfieldersPhilasande Dlamini (Arrows), Siphesihle Mkhize (Sundowns), Luke Le Roux (SuperSport), Duncan Adonis (CT City), Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (Chiefs), Solly Kunyedi (Wits), Kobamelo Kodisang (Sanjoanense), Promise Mkhuma (Sundowns), Tashreeq Matthews (Dortmund), Khanyisile Mayo (SuperSport)

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